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Discipleship Training Tool: NewStart Day 43

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 3:

New Start Discipleship Day 43

Welcome to New Start Discipleship. It is day 43, day 43 and we are in Jeremiah. I mentioned earlier in your reading a few days ago that, the non-writing prophets, Elijah and Elisha and guys like that were great men who spoke truth to power in their day. And Jeremiah is another one of those, all right? He is a writing prophet. He's one of what we call the major prophets. Major, not because they're more important than the Minor Prophets, which we'll get to later. But major prophets because they write big books, alright?

So, Jeremiah writes a really significant book. Jeremiah's life is a hard one. He is a brilliant, brilliant man. And there's actually, it's kind of interesting to look at it in Hebrew. This guy was very, very smart. He was also very influential. They hired him to write a song when the king died. Okay, so you know, for the king's funeral. He's very kind of well-known, brilliant guy, but also very emotional. He's just up and down in his emotions, like sometimes he feels like really high and then he's crashing, like, Oh, please, Lord. Oh, yeah. He's a crier. In fact, they call Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, alright? because he was so emotionally moved by the moment in the world that he lived in.

In fact, Jeremiah was called by God to a very difficult moment in life, the people of God, here's, I'm going to kind of put it in context for you, okay? The people of God had gone through this story, this up and down story through judges, and then David arrived, and he did pretty well. And the people follow the Lord. And then Solomon and he did pretty well. But then at the end of his life, he started downhill, you know, middle of his life, later in life, he started down the hill, and because of all the wives and they turned his heart to idols, and, and then Jeroboam and there we go, and the kings were up and down, and they were wicked, many of them were so bad.

And then God kept warning, if this continues, I am going to judge my people, I'm going to allow you to be conquered by another nation. I'm going to allow you to be taken from the land, and take it away into the captivity. He kept warning this through his prophets, and Jeremiah does that.

And so today in Jeremiah 11, and 12, you will read that God's people have broken his covenant. And he talks to them about oh, I tried, I've tried to do well with you, I've tried to watch over you and what in the world is going on people and God is brokenhearted for these people. But he's reached the end, he can't go any further. And so, he talks about that the covenant has been broken. And that says, in verse 13, of Jeremiah 12,

“They will bear the shame of their harvest, because of the Lord's fierce anger.”

That's a heavy message, right? Like that's heavy to have to go proclaim that to people. And I would just tell you that when sometimes in the difficult moments, God looks for the person who's the crier, and he reaches out and says, I want to find somebody whose heart is broken, like mine is for the people that I have.

One of the key things in Jeremiah is the word return. It is used many, many times through the book of Jeremiah, where he says to his people, come back to me, return, return, return, come back to come back to me.

Now, in Jeremiah 31:31, through Jeremiah 40, there's a really, really significant important, it's kind of a, it's a long reading, okay? But there's a really, really significant stretch there, where God declares that he's going to make a new covenant with the people. Verse 31, of Jeremiah 31 in Jeremiah 31:31. He says,

“The days are coming, where I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and the people of Judah, you will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors, when I brought them out of Egypt.”

Remember that covenant, right? So, the 10 commandments and the law and all that God's making a covenant with his people, a deal, that is promises on his part, and requirements on their part, promises on their part and requirements on God's part. And God says, you have broken the covenant that I made, and God sends them away into judgment. But as he does, while they're going, he says, I want you to know, and I'm going to bring you back. I'm going to make a new covenant with you. And here's the thing. We're part of that new covenant, which is amazing. God has made a new covenant with his people. And when we are children of Abraham by faith. We're part of that we get to be part of the New Covenant.

So, when you read what God says about the new covenant, just know you get to be a part of this one. So, God bless you. See you tomorrow.

My name is Darrell Stetler, and I create discipleship tools to help small church pastors finally learn what it means to make disciples, not just collect attenders!

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