Making Disciples Effectively: Day 39 Transcript
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 39
Hey, welcome back to New Start Discipleship. It is the knocked it over there. It is day 38. And we are in. I'm sorry, it's not day 38, is day 39. And we are in the book of Job or it looks like a Job but it’s Job.
Job is a very well-known book, it is what is called a theodicy it is a defense of God, in the face of suffering. And it is a deep, lamenting, painful book, in some ways. Job when you read chapter 1 and 2, you'll find out what happened to Job. He is a very wealthy man. And he, Satan says to God, he says, I see your servant Job and the only reason he loves you is because you've been good to him. And God says, okay, you may take away what he has. And so, Satan does. He takes away Job's family and allows them to die, causing them to die. He takes away Job’s wife, and her love. He takes away after another round, he takes away Job's health and leaves him in terrific pain. And Job had done nothing wrong.
Now there's a doctrine that floats around in the world today, that says, if you have faith, God will give you everything you need, everything you want, basically, health and wealth and prosperity. And the problem is with that doctrine, that it just isn't true. It just isn't.
Job is one of the oldest books in the Bible, it was written somewhere around the time that Abraham probably was here. So, around the time that Abraham was alive, the guy that we read about the father of those who believe, that number of days ago. And this book is very old, very ancient. And it's a record of a good man wrestling with why did God allow such terrible things to happen in my life.
And with other people, he says, some friends that come and visit him and they argue with him and they push on him, they say, you must have done something wrong. I know you did. God would never do this. This is not like God; he would never do this to a good man. And Job keeps saying, I didn't, I didn't, I haven't done anything wrong. I know I've been a man of integrity. I've been a man of godliness. I don't know what has happened. I don't know why this is happening. But I haven't done anything wrong. He keeps insisting on it.
But at the same time, he gets really frustrated with God, maybe you've been there. Maybe you've been a little frustrated, a little aggravated with God that something happened in your life. I'm trying to do right and something bad happened anyway. And if you've been that way, and you've been frustrated and aggravated with God. The first thing I want you to know is that you're not alone, okay, other people have been to. But then I really need you to pay attention when you read job 38 through Job 42, alright? The end of the book, God comes to Job and appears to him and begins to say things and begins to teach him valuable things.
And mainly just the first part of the book, the first 37 chapters are Job at his friends asking questions, mainly Job asking questions of God. Why? Why did you let this happen? Why did you let this happen? Job 38, and after a lot of is God asking Job questions and saying, know what I know? Are you as well? Are you as powerful as I am? Do you understand who I really am? Do you understand how the world works? Can you pick things up? And do things and change things? And can you frame the earth in space and hang it on nothing? Do you know where the snow is kept? You know all of these; you'll ask all of these questions. And the goal is to just help Job see his own smallness in the face of God's infinite, bigness and wisdom.
And here's the thing. I read, I read a quote by Francis Chan once. Here's what he said. He said, “this world, this universe is God's universe, and he runs it his way. And you may not like it, but then you don't have a universe.”
What we're saying is, God is big, I am small. And I need to remember that even when I suffer for doing right. God has a purpose. He has a reason and he's not forsaken me and he doesn't hate me, alright?
So, keep those things in mind. God will call you to suffer as a Christian. Sometimes he will. There'll be hard, difficult moments and hard conversations and people will hate you or you'll get fired or you know, somebody won't go with you. And I just want to tell you, that's not hopeless and you're not alone. And God doesn't hate you and he hasn't forsaken you. You stay faithful to him because he's bigger than you are. He's got a plan. See 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.