Be The Change
Read Matthew 4:18-22
Disciple means “follower, learner.” Jesus did not event the idea of a disciple. During this time, it was much like having an alma-mater. You chose someone that you wanted to be associated with and follow their teachings. They became your teacher and you became their disciple. It is in this context that these men were called out by Jesus to follow Him. They left everything at this point. Every time that we see them in the rest of Matthew, we see them in the work and service of Jesus.
- What do you think of when you think of being a disciple of Jesus?
- Do you think that the majority of people in churches today have it right or are missing the point?
- Why do you think that?
- What needs to change for people to see the problem?
Read Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus is leaving one last thought with the disciples. Not just that, but He is giving the marching orders of what happens next. To that point, the orders still have not been changed and remain the same. Notice who this is to. It is the command given to the disciples. They are the ones that are to be going, to be making, to be teaching, to be baptizing, and to be observing. The plan is clear, but how much does this actually play out in our day to day lives? It seems that the church has lost its direction from the original marching orders.
- What is a disciple?
- Why do you think it was added in this command that “going” would be needed?
- According to this, who should be the teachers?
- What should be taught?
- How can you do this in your life?
Read Ephesians 4:11-16
The disciples are what are to make up the church. Disciples are further defined and their purpose is explained in this text. Disciples have the goal (as we saw yesterday) of making more disciples, and the church carries that same goal, since it is the collection of the disciples. The goal of the church and the goal of the disciple are one and the same. Jesus called the disciples and then left us the church. He equipped the church to carry out its call as well.
- What part of this text stands out to you the most?
- What part do you see that needs to be done better in the church today?
- What would it take for your church to look like the description given here?
- How can you be a part of making that happen?
Read Psalm 105:1-6, Jeremiah 20:9
Throughout the Old Testament, God sets Himself above all other gods. He creates a nation with the intent that its people will make His name known among the nations and share the great works He has done. When we understand what evangelism is, we understand the importance of the call God has placed on every believers life. If we are quiet about what God has done, then the Holy Spirit should consume with a convicting fire. People should be able to see a burning fire in our life as we seek to live for God and share what He has done in our lives.
It is easy to determine when something is aflame. It ignites other material. Any fire that does not spread will eventually go out. A church without evangelism is a contradiction in terms, just as a fire that does not burn is a contradiction.
- What do you think Evangelism is?
- How would you define a way in which you would do Evangelism?
- How practical is your Evangelism idea?
Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
There are many words that over time takes on different meanings. At times there are words that can send a shiver down our spine. Sometimes evangelism can become that kind of word. Many times there are many that can feel like failures when they share their faith. We all know we should, but many times we share out of guilt instead of out of a desire. In the book “Conspiracy of Kindness” the author shares three types of views people have of evangelism. The first one is the shark. The shark goes out with a tenacity and an aggression to share their faith. The problem with sharks is their aggression can at times cause more traumatization than salvations. Often sharks are also results driven, if someone doesn’t accept Christ through their evangelism efforts they may try to force it even harder. The second example we are given are the carp. They are at the complete opposite spectrum than the shark. They seek the safe route, maybe they came out as sharks at one time, but rejection has dampened their fire. Instead of making waves, they just simply coast through life feeling like they can’t make a true difference. Finally, we are introduced to the dolphin. Dolphins combine the strengths of sharks and carp. These people are enthusiastic and positive about life, yet keep the issue of personal responsibility in proper balance. The dolphin moves through life with a deep sense of purpose, whereas the shark tends to be overly responsible and the carp accomplishes little or nothing. The dolphin has a mission in life, but still has fun on the way to the goal. We must never forget our goal and our goal is more than simply inviting people to church, but investing in people to see them experience the same change in their life that we have experienced in ours.
- How do you see your evangelism efforts?
- Do you find yourself putting pressure on your ability to share your faith, putting pressure on the program on how you share your faith, or giving the pressure over to God and seeing what He can do through our willingness to simply serve Him?
- Do we see Evangelism as something that we get to do, or something that we have to do? How do we move from the have to, to the get to?
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