Discipleship Tool for Small Churches: NewStart Day 40
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 40
Hey, welcome to New Start Discipleship. It is day number 40. And we are in the book of Psalms. The Book of Psalms is one of the most loved books in all of the Scripture. It is incredibly passionate and insightful. It really is a songbook. Now, we don't have the tunes now, that were used back then. But it was a song book written for, the worship for worship and prayer and education.
And so, basically teaching and passing on, and enjoying good truth about God, alright? That's the purpose of the Book of Psalms. Now, on this particular day, you'll be reading Psalm 1, Psalm 23, and Psalm 139. These are kind of an introduction to the book of Psalms, where this is kind of a major high point in the book of Psalms.
So, Psalm 1 is a beautiful Psalm about the righteous man and the wicked man, a contrast used for education and development spiritually, right? Psalm 23, is a beautiful song of comfort and encouragement. And just incredible, incredible things that you find there. It's worth studying, you can preach whole messages, a whole series of messages, on just one of this Psalms. But there's so much good and comforting truth there.
When people are down, or discouraged, a lot of times they reach for the book of Psalms. And I think that's appropriate, it's right. You discover so many beautiful things about God. When I was in Bible College, one of the, one of the classes I took was called wisdom literature. And it was about these, I was on these topics, it was on Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, those kinds of things, Job. And that class, one of the things that, the assignments the professor had us do, was we had to take the book of Psalms, and we had to read 35 Psalms a week. So, seven Psalms, five Psalms a day. And we had to take in a separate notebook, and pull out everything we learned about God. The thing we found about God, and pull it out and write it down, and categorize it into different attributes or characteristics of God. And it was, and still is one of the most profound, and life changing things I have ever done. To know and to see God, in the beauty and the fullness and the splendor, and the power and the glory of His character. It’s a tremendous, tremendous thing. And Psalms is a beautiful reminder, a beautiful teaching about who God is.
So, when you read Psalm 1, and you see;
“His delight is in the law of the Lord; the righteous man is a delight is the law of the Lord”
Oh, God's law giver, he has a law, right? And then you read down in verse 6,
“The Lord watches over the way of the righteous.”
Is that beautiful? Like the Lord, he's watching over, he's watching about, you're like a parent, watching his little child learning to toddle and walk, God's watching over and making sure everything's out of the way. And he's, you know, only allowing what is good for you to come into your life. The Lord watches over the way the righteous, there's so much more in the book of Psalms.
When you actually wind up reading the book of Psalms, it'll be such an incredible encouragement to you in many different ways. Psalm 139 talks about how God knows me. He knows me intimately the very deepest details of my life, he knows, and he loves me anyway. And tremendous, tremendous thanks, so I'm excited to introduce you to the book of Psalms. And I would just encourage you to make it a regular part of your reading and your study in your worship of the Lord. A lot of times, I will start my times of prayer with worship based on Psalms, our worship based on things and worshiping the Lord and just reminding myself getting myself into His presence in the mood, to think rightly about God and to rejoice in who he is by using scriptures from the Psalms.
And so, let me just encourage you to make the Psalm book of the Bible. A huge, huge part of your life in your worship. 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.