Clear Discipleship Plan: NewStart Day 48 Transcript
Many smaller churches have no clear discipleship strategy. A few years ago, I got tired of winging it every time a new person needed to be discipled. I developed a tool that can help, the NewStart Discipleship Journal, and started using it where I pastor, in Southwest OKC’s Bible Methodist Church.
It did help! For the first time, I feel like I have a discipleship plan that can really multiply disciple-makers in my church. As a small church pastor, I know this is a big deal.
If you’re interested in how I did it, you can register for my free 1 hour webinar on “How Even Small Churches Can be 100% Ready to Disciple New Christians (And multiply Disciple-Makers!).”
Here’s a teaching transcript from the first discipleship video from day 48:
New Start Discipleship Day 48
Hey, welcome back to New Start Discipleship. One of my favorite books in the Bible is on day 48. I love the book of Nehemiah, Nehemiah, here's what happens. Here's where we are in the story, okay? So, we're in exile God's people are there. Some of them are remaining faithful, like Daniel and the three young Hebrew men are remaining faithful to serving the Lord even in exile.
At a certain point, one of the kings that they are under decides to let them let some of God's people some of the Israelites return to their land, alright? So, Daniel actually sees this coming. Because the prophet Jeremiah that we read about the few days ago prophesied that the desolation of Jerusalem would last 70 years of God's people had obeyed disobeyed a series of God's commands for a specific period of time. And God said, I'm going to let this captivity, this exile, last for 70 years.
Daniel sees the incoming he prays and fasts and God answers prayers and send some of his people back to Jerusalem, which is a really exciting thing for them. They're coming back, God's preparing to move into the next part of the story, which is the coming of Jesus. But at this moment, God says, I'm going to send you back in Nehemiah gets to be part of that. He gets to be part of leading God's people out.
So, in Nehemiah 1 and 2, which is in your reading, today, you will read the story of Nehemiah being burdened, alright? He's burdened for God's people in God's city. And he says, oh, the Gates of Jerusalem are burned, the walls are broken down, what are we going to do, and God gives Nehemiah favor with the king at that time. And he sends him back to supervise the rebuilding of the wall.
Now, incredible, incredible story. The wall is rebuilt in 52 days, all the way around a portion of Jerusalem, the city of Jerusalem. And it's really, really fabulous, fabulous story, a picture of great leadership. Nehemiah is a mighty leader and a powerful organizer. And he goes back and inspires God's people to work together. And to come together, he stays focused, even though a lot of things that are there's a huge resistance and things.
And when they come back in Nehemiah 8 and 9, you'll see a return to the book of the law. So, the law of Moses, they come back and they pull out the law, and they begin to read it. In fact, after a period of months and they've rebuilt the walls, they come together and they cry and they pray and they repent in Nehemiah 9, they are weeping and crying in a new I'm sorry, Nehemiah 8:10. Nehemiah says, Nehemiah and Ezra the scribe, say, do not cry, don't cry. This is a day of rejoicing. This is a day of peace. This is a day of we're coming back to the Lord. Don't spend all your time weeping and crying about what happened in the past. Instead, rejoice that you can move forward in the will of God.
Now, I think this is important. Because if you're starting out a life with Jesus, there's an important season where you're repenting, right? There's an important season where you're even weeping and sorrowful over what happened in your past. But there comes a moment where you have to understand that repentance, the changing of the mind, even though it's ongoing in the life of a Christian, you have to understand that that repentance is not a thing of sorrow forever, right? Instead, it's a thing of joy, it the opportunity to become like Jesus, the opportunity to rise in faithfulness, the opportunity to move toward God and please him in all things is amazing opportunity.
So, the Israelites confess their sins and in Nehemiah 9, and they have this amazing prayer that is recorded there. And God hears their prayer, he recognized that he honors it and gives them the opportunity to come back to him.
Now, in the middle of all this, I'm going to have to talk to you soon about how that went south in the next couple 100 years, alright? Over the next few 100 years, how that turned in went south. But I want to just today I want to say thank God for the opportunity to come back to the Lord and receive His forgiveness and have joy in repentance. alright.
So, let's move forward today with joy in the opportunity to align ourselves with the way God thinks and the way he wants us to act. God bless you. See you tomorrow.