Equipping the saints

As demonstrated by Jesus, making disciples is the primary way to grow the kingdom of God.  In addition, this was his first direction given in Matthew 28:19. "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..."  Our goal at Connection Millen is to help equip you in this journey. Prayerfully, this guide can be used as a tool to help lead those who you are discipling.  These topics are not intended to be all inclusive, but are what we feel are some of the most essential conversations to be having as Christians. Whether meeting 1 on 1 or in a triad, these sessions should help encourage conversation, motivate thought, and help grow not just the one being discipled, but you as well. Our hope is by the end of these sessions, your disciple will be more spiritually mature and be equipped to begin discipling others. We are all only capable of equipping people to the level we are currently at.  While we all may not be able to make biblical scholars, we can all further guide people on their journey.


Here are a few key points to remember in your meetings:

Everyone learns at a different pace - Please don't feel obligated to complete each session in one sit down or go in an exact order.  You may find you need to spend multiple sessions on one topic or speak on multiple topics during a meeting. This is also not an all exhaustive list but a tool to help guide your conversations. 


Everyone's starting knowledge is different - It's a good idea to have an idea of where people are before you begin.  Ask questions. "Have you ever been discipled before? How much have you studied scripture?  On a scale of 1-10, what do you think your biblical knowledge is?"  Encourage your disciples to be willing and open to reevaluate things they think they already know. 


Be willing to say "I don't know" - This intentional time for growth is not just for the disciple, but for you too.  While there may be lots of questions asked during discipling sessions, don't be afraid.  Be willing to tell them you will find the answers with them and seek counsel from those further along than you.


This is a relationship - Discipleship is not strictly a teacher/student activity.  Jesus lived life with his disciples. Your relationship should go deeper than a once a week meeting.  Grab lunch.  Call and check on them.  This is a fluid journey not a one stop shop. Be willing to let the Holy Spirit steer you.


Pray - The most important thing you can do is make sure you invite the Holy Spirit into your sessions with you.  Pray before you meet.  Pray while you meet.  Let Him be your guide and you will be successful.

  • 1 John

    A great place to start any discipleship is with a good understanding by the disciple of what it is they believe.  We encourage you to have each disciple start by reading 1 John and have a follow up conversation with it.  It is a great opening to them truly understanding what the Gospel is.  Continuing into 2nd and 3rd John and then into his gospel will set the tone and a firm foundation in your walk together.  This is also a great opportunity to discuss the fact that you are making a commitment to each other as well as God.  

  • Who is God?  Who am I? What has God done?  Who have I become?

    Do we know the answers to these questions?

    Understanding the Gospel message is imperative to understanding them.


    If someone asked you the question, “What is the gospel?” How would you respond? What Scriptures would you go to?

     

    Read Eph 2:1-10

    • What do these verses teach us about the good news of Jesus?
    • What does this passage teach us about who we were before Christ?
    • What does this passage teach us about how we can be saved?
    • What does this passage teach us about God’s purpose for our lives after salvation?

    Read Col 2:13-15

    • What do these verses teach us about the good news of Jesus?
    • How do these verses change the way you view the cross?
    • How do these verses change your view of sin?


    Read 2 Cor 5:21

    • .What does this passage teach us about how we gain the righteousness of God?
    • How does thinking about “Jesus in your place” stir your affections for Him?


    Read John 3:16

    • .What does this verse teach us about the good news of Jesus?
    • What does this verse say about God’s love for you?

    Learning all of this, do you feel your response to what God has done for you is adequate?
    What to you plan to do about it?

    Where do we get it wrong!?
    • The Intellectual Only gospel = This person can recite John 3:16 but the gospel hasn’t transformed their heart & lives.
    • The Good Ole Boy gospel = This person believes that being a good person is enough. They don’t understand the wages of sin or their need for a Savior.
    • The Prosperity gospel = This person believes that Jesus guarantees a happy, healthy life with no troubles. They refuse to believe Jesus’ teaching in John 16:33.
    • The Self-Help gospel = This person has a small view of sin & believes that sin is not the issue, it’s an issue. Therefore, they don’t really need a Savior, just to channel their inner good and be a better person. This distortion plays on our self-esteem & feelings.
    • The Works Based gospel = This person believes that faith alone is not enough for salvation. We need to add something to it: good works, rule following, traditions, etc. But we cannot add one thing to the saving work and person of Jesus Christ. 
    • The License to Sin gospel = This person believes that Jesus is their righteousness and perfection, so they can live however they want because in the end, they’re saved! They use God’s grace as a license to sin. However, Paul says in Romans 6 that we have been set free from the lifestyle of sin to live for Christ. To follow Jesus is to turn away from sin. 
    • The Overnight Perfection Gospel = This person believes that salvation equals immediate perfection. In their eyes, salvation immediately eliminates all sin and struggles in our lives. This person has a misunderstanding of the process of salvation: justification, sanctification, & glorification. 

     


  • What does it mean to be a disciple?

    Is there a difference between being a Christian and being a disciple? 

    Explain


    Read Luke 9:23-24

    • What do these verses teach us about being a disciple?

    Read John 13:34-35

    • .How do we recognize disciples of Jesus?

    Read Matthew 4:18-22

    • What exactly did Jesus say when he first called his disciples? What does it mean to “follow” someone?

    Read John 8:31-47

    • How do true disciples respond to Jesus’ teaching?

    Read Luke 14:25-35

    • What do these verses teach us about a disciple?

    Evaluate who you have been up to this point. Have you been a disciple of Jesus as you were called to be?
    What are you going to start doing differently?

    Where do we get it wrong?!
    • Myth 1: I can be a disciple and not actually follow Jesus.
    • Myth 2: I can be a disciple and not leave my old lifestyle. 
    • Myth 3: I can be a disciple and not love others. 
    • Myth 4: I can be a disciple and not be devoted to God’s Word
    • Myth 5: I can be a disciple and not embrace the mission.
  • Read Romans 12:1

    • What does this passage teach us about worship?
    • What is true and proper worship?
    • What does it mean to worship in view of God’s mercy?
    • How do we present ourselves as a living sacrifice?

    Read Isaiah 6:1-8

    • What does this passage teach us about worship?
    • How did Isaiah respond to seeing God and experience His grace?

    Read Psalm 95:1-11

    • What does this passage teach us about worship?

    Read Romans 1:25

    • What does this passage teach us about idolatry?
    • What is idolatry? How does this passage show us the process of idolatry?
    • What is your time, talent, money, thoughts, energy, and affections devoted to?
    • What would you say you are worshiping right now?

    Read Exodus 20:2-6

    • What does this teach us about idolatry?
    • Why is God warning His people about worshiping idols?
    • How strongly does God love His people and want their worship?
    • What are some common idols today that we are tempted to worship over God?

    Where do we get it wrong?!

    • Worship is only singing songs to God.
    • Worship is a feeling.
    • Worship happens only at church.
    • Idolatry is okay.
  • What is the purpose of serving? Why is serving a big deal in the kingdom of God?


    Read Philippians 2:1-11

    • What does this teach us about being a servant?
    • What do v3-4 teach us about the motivation of our service?
    • Why does Jesus care about our motivation in serving?
    • What was the mindset of Christ? How can we learn from it?

    Read John 13:1-17

    • What does this teach us about being a servant?
    • How would you respond if Jesus were to wash your feet?
    • Would you have washed Judas’ feet? Why does Jesus?
    • How is humble service a picture of the gospel to an unbelieving world?

    Read Mark 10:35-45

    • What does this teach us about being a servant?
    • Who did Jesus say would be the greatest in the kingdom?
    • How would your life change if you truly believed the greatest thing you could do is serve?

    Read Galatians 5:13

    • What does this teach us about being a servant?
    • What does it look like to indulge the flesh rather than humbly serve and love others?

    Read 2 Cor 5:14-15

    • What does this teach us about being a servant?
    • What compels us to serve God? How do we resist living for ourselves?
    • What is one area of your life where you can become a better servant?
    • What are some action steps to begin taking to help you in becoming a faithful servant? (Ex. Start serving at church, having a servant’s heart at work, serving your spouse

    Where do we get it wrong?!

    • People see serving as something to do, not a person to become. 
    • People see serving God as a “have to” duty not a “get to” privilege.
    • People miss the connection between our heart and our service. Our willingness to serve is an incredible indicator of our heart before God.
    • People base their ability to serve on their own ability, repute, or experience rather than trusting the Spirit in them.
    • People feel disqualified to serve God because of their past. God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.
  • Who are called to be missionaries and where are they supposed to go?

    Read Matthew 28:18-20

    • What does this teach us about the mission?
    • What does it mean to “go and make disciples”?
    • What does it mean to “baptize”?
    • What does it mean to “teach to obey”?

    Read Acts 1:8

    • What does this teach us about being a missionary?
    • What is a witness? Who gives us the power to be witnesses? 
    • Where are we called to go? 
    • What does it look like for you to live sent where you are?

    Read Romans 10:8-15

    • What does this teach us about being a missionary?
    • Who will be saved? 
    • How will people hear the good news? 
    • How do you share the gospel? (ask them to verbally share the gospel with you) 

    Read Matthew 24:14

    • Where will the gospel ultimately go? 
    • Talk about our role as disciples in this movement of the gospel.
    Where do we get it wrong?!
    • I can be saved and not live on a mission.
    • I’m not qualified to make disciples.
    • Missionaries are only professionals who move to other countries to share the gospel.
    • It’s the preacher’s job to make disciples.
    • When it comes to studying the Bible, what is the most helpful thing you have learned?
    • What is the difference between the Old Testament and New Testament? 
    How is the Bible broken down?
    • Genesis - Esther = Historical Books of Old Testament
    • Job - Song of Solomon = Writings of God’s People
    • Isaiah - Malachi = Writings of the Prophets
    • Matthew - Acts = Historical Books of the New Testament
    • Romans - Jude = Letters (from specific people to specific people)
    • Revelation = Prophetic Vision from God to John
    Be sure to check out the Bible Project for any book overviews.

    Read John 5:39-40
    • Why do we read the Bible? 
    • How does reading the Bible to know God change the way you read it?
    Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17
    • What does this teach us about the Bible?
    • What does it mean that “all Scripture is God breathed"?
    • What is Scripture useful for? What does it look like for God’s Word to teach us? Rebuke us? Correct us? Train us? 
    • What does it mean for the Bible to be the “ultimate” authority in your life?
    • How does it change the way we read God’s Word when it has the ultimate authority in our lives?
    Read Hebrews 4:12
    • What does this teach us about the Bible?
    • What does it mean that the Word of God is living and active?
    • How do we know when God is speaking to us through His Word? 
    Read Romans 12:2
    • What does it look like for God’s Word to renew our minds? 
    • How do we know God’s will for our lives? 
    • What happens when our mind is not being renewed by God’s Word? 
    Where do we get it wrong?!
    • Most people read the bible for information instead of for transformation.
    • The Bible is too hard to understand.
    • The Bible is just a rule book.
    • The Bible is not relevant to my life.
    • The Bible is not trustworthy.
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