How to Make Disciples: Day 20 Transcript
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 20
Hey, welcome to New start Discipleship. So glad you're here. I want to encourage you today to just really soak this passage. And here's what I want you to notice in Philippians 1, through Philippians 2:18.
Paul talks about a life that's worthy of the gospel. And then in Philippians 2, as he starts to kind of transition, he gives this beautiful unpacking of the person of Jesus, and his humility, the word in Greek is, is sometimes they call this the “Kenosis” passage, because in Greek, that word means the emptying. And it's as if Jesus remaining fully God emptied himself of his rights, right? His rights to be worshipped and praised and honored and recognized and be in heaven and be with the Father and not have the limitations and tiredness and pain of a physical body. But instead, he emptied himself of those rights, and came down and became one of us in a beautiful, beautiful passage.
He says in chapter 2, the beginning of chapter 2, he says that; this is he said,
“You're going to have to make my joy complete by being like-minded.”
Now, what's he talking about? Well, in the church at Philippi, where he was writing to, there were some people, probably at least a couple of ladies who had kind of gotten crossways with each other, okay?
Two ladies, he actually names them and calls them out and says, please be of the same mind. And now a little bit later on, He's giving them the pattern for how to get right with each other, right? Because we've gotten right with God's, how do we get right with each other? And he says, you got to in humility, verse 3 of chapter 2. He said,
“You've got to, in humility, value others above yourselves.”
Wow, not looking to your own interest, but each one of you to the interest of others. Just like Jesus, you got to have the same mind that he had, the same mindset, the same attitude that Jesus had. And here's what he says,
“Who being in very nature God”
And Jesus is God, did not consider with equality with God something to be used to his own advantage, or grasped and held on to a thing to be gotten for himself and held on to for himself. This is not meaning that he wasn't equal with God, it meant that he was, and he didn't feel like he needed to hold on to that. He humbled himself and says, verse 7,
“That he made himself nothing.”
This is where it says the Kenosis that he emptied himself,
“He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, and being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on the cross”.
So, I want you to check the track this out, okay, track this with me. So, Jesus starts as equality with God. And then it says, he didn't consider that something to be held on to. But he made himself nothing emptied himself and he took on the form of a servant, and was found as a lightness as a man, not even an angel, but a man. And then he humbled himself by becoming obedient, even to death, even death on the cross. So, it's like this continual humbling and lowering of himself. And then it says,
“Therefore, God has highly exalted him”
Right? So, he's like, he takes him back to the top,
“And giving him the name that's above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow in heaven, and earth, and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledged that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
What's he talking about? Jesus set the pattern for us. He humbled Himself, so that we could be brought together and made unity. So, that we can be brought back and made unified with God again, in the same way we humble ourselves and God puts broken pieces and broken relationships back together again.
Now, this may be good for you and somebody else in your church, maybe good for somebody else in you and somebody else in your home, maybe good for somebody else in you and your family or somebody at work. What is he saying?
He's saying that if you want to have the same mind, the same attitude, the same mindset as Jesus, you’ve got to humble yourself. Lay aside your rights. I know maybe they didn't treat you right, right? But Jesus didn't worry about that. He laid aside his rights and then God lifted him up at the right time.
In the same kind of way, as a new believer, there's gonna be hard moments. And you got to have the attitude, you gotta have that attitude, humble yourself, and let God take you back to the top. He'll do it, in his time, in his way, and his season when it's right for you, all right? 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.