Making Disciples Effectively Starts Here: NewStart Day 5
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 5
Hey, welcome back to Day Number 5! So excited to have you here, at New Start Discipleship. We're excited that you're a part of this. I want to encourage you, if you haven't got a mentor yet, text some Christian that you know, and ask them if they would serve as your mentor, okay. Maybe it's somebody from your church. If you're attending a church somewhere, if you don't have a church, email me; my email address is in here and I'll do my best to try see if I can find a good Bible believing church loves people, right? Somewhere in your area and we'll get you plugged in all right? Find a mentor, Christianity is a team sport. It's not something we do alone. It's not a private life with God. It's a life together with God's people, all right. So, you do that.
John chapter 3 is where we are today. And so really a classic passage, probably one of the most common, maybe the most common verse that everybody has heard in the whole Bible, in John 3:16. And that's kind of the central verse of this chapter where it says,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave His one and only Son or only begotten Son, (you might have heard it said), that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”.
These are fantastic realities. It's got in it, the greatest reality, God, the greatest love, he's so loved, the greatest need; the world, the greatest gift that He gave His one and only Son, the greatest hope that whoever believes in Him, the greatest promise shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
And so, God loves you. God's love for you is absolutely limitless. It started before you were worth loving. You see, one thing you need to know about God's love is it is a value creating love. It does not look for value and then love that because it's valuable. You understand the difference, right? Some people's love is value seeking love, they look for the beautiful and try to love that. They look for the worthwhile and try to love that. They look for the talented, or they look for the wealthy and try to love that. But God's love loves until something is valuable.
If you had a maybe a doll or a stuffed animal that was your favorite when you were a kid. And you loved that little doll so much, or that little stuffed animal so much that you slept with it. It went everywhere with you and it was like your thing, right? Maybe you did. Maybe you didn't, but maybe or maybe you got a kid that does. If you lost it, everything stopped, right? If you accidentally left it at a restaurant and you drove home across town and it's 20 minutes back over there. You know what happened? You called the restaurant and you headed back over there, right? Why? Because it was so valuable because it was so..., you know, just a rich, powerful, amazing thing. No, no, it was because the love you had for it was so powerful. It was unconditional value creating love.
Now, listen, that's how God loves you. Some of you guys feel, you feel worthless or hopeless. Like you're not sure if it's really for you and you don't really know, listen to me.
God loves you, not because you're valuable. He loves you until you're valuable, right? He loves you so much, that, right now, He is creating value in you. He is creating worth in you because of his great love for you. So, let's read John 3. Let's look at it together, day Number 5.
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.