How to Make Disciples Effectively: NewStart Day 26
The best New Christian Bible Reading Plan I’ve ever found is one that covers the highlights of the Bible in 50 days. It’s so important in making disciples in a small church, that you get people plugged into something that doesn’t get them stuck!
Here’s one of the disciple-making mentoring videos that I created to help a brand new Christian walk through the first 50 days of their walk with God. Below is the transcript of NewStart Discipleship :
New Start Discipleship Day 26
Hey welcome to New Start Discipleship, Day 26. And we are jumping in today to a 25-day journey through the Old Testament, alright? We're going to hit the highlight of the Old Testament just like we did with the New Testament.
We started with the New Testament because I think it's really crucial for a person who's a new believer to know Jesus and to deepen their understanding of Jesus and what Jesus is doing and who he is. And so, one of the first 25 days to kind of revolve around that story.
Now we're going to go back, and we're going to pick up 20 through 25-day journeys, of the backstory of what happened before Jesus and some of the reasons why he was necessary and how the world prepared for his coming. How God prepared the world for his coming.
So today, we're going to launch into Genesis 1-1 through 3-19. Now some of the readings in the second half are going to be a little bit longer and more extensive. Okay, so you may want to block out a little more time for the reading. Because the Old Testament actually is like two-thirds of the written content of the Scripture. Now, we're going to still only go to hit highlights, but it does mean that we've got a little bit extra time maybe even twice as much time as it took you to read through the first 25 days, okay? So, you're going to want to block out a little more time to be able to understand and read all that is going on here, because some of these are 2, 3, 4 times as long as the last readings were okay. So, Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning, God created, right, the heavens and the earth”
So, the idea is that God made everything; he made everything that is, and as we read through, you're going to read through the creation story. And there's kind of a creation story that centers in chapter 1 kind of centers around the creation of the cosmos, the heavens and the earth, the universe as it stands. And then God goes back in chapter 2, he kind of zooms in on one particular kind of, gives you the scope of these zooms in on the creation of man and woman. And he says, I want to deepen your understanding of what is going on this creation of this man and woman.
And so, in Genesis 2, in the one and through chapter 2, he breaks down what it means to be created, you are created in the image of God; which means not that you look like God and your physical body, but you are created spiritually in his image. It doesn't mean that God has hands and feet and eyes and hair. It means that God has mind, will and emotions, He is a spirit, and you are a spirit with mind, will, emotions as well. You think you feel and you decide, and God thinks, feels and decides though He is a spirit. And we have a body as well as a spirit, yet we are like God in that way.
And so, you are created with mind will and emotions. And God created you with a purpose. He created you with an image to mirror him into the world, that you are designed to reflect His glory to reflect him. You are an angled mirror, if you will. So, God bounces off it the image of God, the light of God is supposed to bounce off of you and shine to the world, right? So, you are imaging God into the world.
But then in chapter 3, you're going to find that God had set up this one guideline and don't eat from this tree. And Adam and Eve sinned, and they exchange themselves for God, right? They exchange the truth for the lie. And the truth is that, there is only one God and we are made in His image. And the lie is that we may become him and rule and reign over our own lives independent of him. And so, they exchange themselves in place of God.
And in the New Testament, which we just finished reading through. God exchanges his son for us on the cross, right? So, there's a reverse substitution on the cross for what we have for our sin. We sinned by substituting ourselves for God. God saves us by substituting himself in payment for our sin, which is a marvelous, marvelous thing. And so anyway, that's, that's Genesis 1, 2 and 3, I want you to notice one particular verse, and that is that in chapter 3:15, God says to the serpent when he's cursing the serpent, as representatives of Satan, he said,
“I will put hatred, enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers”.
So, there's this idea of the seed of the woman, the offspring of the woman, and it said, he so there's one particular part of the offspring that God has in mind says he will crush your head and you will wound or strike his heel.
So, the idea is there already that Jesus is promised. It's the first time like God, God is already preaching the gospel, the good news of a Savior who's coming to crush the head of the serpent, right after it happens. I love that, the first gospel preached in Genesis 3. Now, God bless you, we'll talk to you tomorrow.
Darrell Stetler II makes clear discipleship plans possible for small church pastors. He writes about it at his blog on discipleship tools for small churches, and shares a weekly training on how to disciple new believers.