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Better Strategy for Making Disciples: NewStart Day 22

What does it mean to make disciples effectively? A disciple is a follower of Christ, but it’s more than that. The idea of a “Christ-follower” has been diluted, in my opinion. It means someone who is a copier of Jesus – who tries to live exactly as Jesus would if he was you.

To help with that process, and create a better strategy for making disciples, Darrell Stetler has created the NewStart Discipleship program. If you’d like to get a free copy of the NewStart Discipleship Journal AND a free copy of the NewStart Discipleship Journal, you can click here to start your journey toward making disciples, even in a smaller church.

Here’s a transcript of one of the mentoring videos from the NewStart Discipleship Journal:

New Start Discipleship - Day 22

Hey welcome to New Start Discipleship so glad you're here today. Today is day 22, we are in Hebrews and I'm back in my office. And so, we're in Hebrews chapter 4 and up into chapter 5 or the last few verses of chapter 4 and up in chapter 5.

Hebrews is a book very rich in old testament symbolism. It's my opinion, is probably a message that was preached at one point and somebody captured it wrote it down and said oh this is too good we got to share this. And so, they wrote it all down we don't know exactly who it was that wrote Hebrews, but it's a beautiful weaving together of a lot of old Testament themes and showing how Jesus is the fulfillment of those.

So, in Hebrews 4 and going into chapter 5, it's going to pick up one of the three things that Jesus is, alright? So Jesus is His offices, His roles in our lives, is three usually theologians say three things: He is prophet; He speaks God's word, He proclaims God's word to us, He is priest, He pastors, shepherds us and is the one who offers His blood to God as a sacrifice for our sins, and He is king; so, he comes to rule and reign and establish his kingdom in Justice and Mercy.

So, this one is going to focus on the fact that He is a priest, alright? So, it's going to pick up on these old Testament ideas about the Priesthood and as we're wrapping up this thing, he's got a beautiful, beautiful thing it says;

“We have a great High Priest who has ascended into heaven Jesus the son of God so let us firmly hold to the faith that we profess.”

So, the idea is that because we have someone who is representing us to God. We should hold tightly to it. Sometimes, it's really easy to get discouraged and to like you know maybe I'm just not good enough, and maybe I've just messed up so many things, and sometimes I misunderstand stuff and sometimes I forget and I do stupid things and I've fallen into sin or have stumbled into this area and we forget that we have someone who is representing us to God who has the full attention of God the Father in the full approval of God the Father and who brings his blood as a sacrifice for our sin. And so, He says we let us hold on firmly to this, and He says in verse 15;

“We have a High Priests we do not have a High Priest who is unable to empathize with our weakness but we have one who has been tempted in every way just as we are and yet without sin”

Now several things about this first of all Jesus was without sin, you notice that? Jesus never said a lot of Christians or people who don't know theology don't know the Bible are convinced. They think that Jesus was a man like everyone else and he sin like everyone else but He did not. The bible is very clear in its proclamation that, Jesus Himself was sinless. So, when He offers his Himself as a sacrifice for sin. He's not offering Himself as a sacrifice for his own sin. That's very important. He's not dying because He has sinned. He's dying in place of those who have sin. And that's a very crucial understanding if Jesus was a sinner like us then He deserved to die but He's not, He's not, so very important doctrine there.

The other thing I want you to notice is this, that He can empathize with our weakness. The reason that he can do that is because he is both God and man. He's the God man as god He lives a sinless perfect life with no faults or failings. As a man, He understands temptations and tiredness and difficulty and all of those things that go with it, right? So, He is the God man and as both of those it comes together, He's fully God, fully man perfect and sinless and understanding when we stumble. And which is a beautiful idea that's the guy you want representing you, right? The guy who is understanding and patient with you.

Now so He talks about there's one other thing I want just notice real quickly it says in verse number six;

“You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Tf you don't understand that don't worry about it it's a reference to an old Testament story Jesus was not from the tribe that usually priests came from and so the writer to Hebrews is saying to the Hebrews says I want you to understand that that Jesus is not fake priest. Even though He doesn't come from the normal tribe, he comes from the idea of a person there was a guy named Melchizedek, who was a priest and a king of God and he was for the tribe of Levi where priests came from.

And so, the writer to Hebrew says, He's not that kind of priest; He's that kind of Priest. These are the kind, that's even before and more important and more powerful than the ones from the tribe of Levi.

So, that's where priests are kind of these Pastor things and Pastor people who represent God to people and people to God and that's what Jesus is and that's exciting. God bless you see you tomorrow

Darrell Stetler II blogs about discipleship in the small church, and talks about how to make disciples on his Youtube channel. He can be found on Twitter @darrellstetler2 and Facebook’s NewStart Disciple-Makers group.

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