Week Three - Go Make Disciples
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
This week you will study how God plans to use you to bring others into the freedom from sin that you have found in Christ. First, we will consider how important it is to share your own life with others.
1. To be a disciple of Christ is to come under the discipline of Jesus Christ - letting Jesus be Lord in all areas of your life. Below are a few areas of life where Christ should rule:
(a) Financial status: Are you using money wisely? Are you taking care of debts? Are you giving generously to the church? Is all your money God's money?
(b) Sexuality: This area is a real stumbling block for many young Christians. Don't dismiss it lightly. Are you completely free of any immoral relationships? Are you strongly rejecting the world's attitude toward sex and replacing it with God's attitude? Are you opening up your struggles to others who can help and encourage you?
(c) Time Management - Are you eliminating wasted time from your schedule? Do you have definite plans at the beginning of each day? Is there time in your schedule for relaxation, meditation and prayer?
2. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 for encouragement in these areas.
1. Read 1 Peter 3:13-17. Write down your thoughts about the following statements:
"Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts."
"Be ready always to give an answer."
"With meekness and fear."
"Having a good conscience."
2. List some of the people who are in your daily contact. Consider the fact that they need to know about Christ as Lord. Who is in a better position to tell them than you?
1. Read Matthew 28:18-20. These are some of the last words of Jesus before He ascended back to Heaven. The last words of a person usually tell us about the major things on their heart!
2. What does it mean to you that "all authority has been given to Jesus Christ"?
3. What are the implications for your life of His statement to "GO?" When you "go" what does Jesus want you to do?
4. Look back over the list of people you wrote down yesterday. Begin praying for them specifically that you may "go" to them with the message Jesus has given to you from His word.
1. Read Colossians 4:2-6. List all the things you find here that relate to sharing your faith with someone.
2. The term "Redeeming the time" could also be translated, "Make the most of every opportunity.” How have you used the opportunities of this week? What can you do to use your time or opportunities more for the Lord?
1. Read Acts -34. Most of us would find being in prison and in chains a terrible circumstance for evangelism. Doesn't this example teach that any situation is a good one for sharing the Gospel?
2. Read Philippians 1:12-14. This is a second example of a bad situation working out for the furtherance of the Gospel.
3. Consider your present situation in life. Write down why your situation makes sharing the Gospel difficult. Now, in prayer, turn over to the Lord all of your reasons for not sharing the Gospel with others. Remember that God is able to work powerfully in all circumstances to allow His will to be done.
4. Read Philippians 4:4-6, 13, 19 for encouragement.
1. Read Acts 4:8-13. Boldness and courage are needed to "Go and make disciples." God will give us this boldness through His Holy Spirit as we study and obey His teachings.
2. Verse 12 is speaking about the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus has all authority. Jesus is the message we should preach as we "Go." This message should never be watered down, for it is the only thing that can change men's lives.
3. Read 2 Timothy 1:7. When you find yourself being timid or afraid, you can be sure that fear is not from God. God has given His people the spirit of power and love. Keep studying the many passages on courage and boldness, and never be satisfied with timidity or fear.
1. As you share the Gospel with people make every effort to introduce them to the members of the Body. Experience shows that this is a powerful tool in reaching people.
2. Read Acts -47. This is the spirit which should be found in our fellowship. When outsiders come in, they will be convicted that something is missing in their lives.
3. You have now been a Christian for three weeks. Are you having an impact on others for Jesus Christ? If not, talk about it with an older brother or sister in Christ. Let them encourage and help you.