Making Disciples of All Nations: Transcript of Day 27
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.
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Here’s a transcript of one of the mentoring videos from the NewStart Discipleship Journal:
New Start Discipleship Day 27
Hey, welcome back to New Start Discipleship. It is day 27. And we are in Genesis 12 and following. Here's the overall sketch of what happens. So, after Adam and Eve fall, there's a long period of history there, there's, the people become very wicked, there's floods, and Noah and the ark, and all of that happens. Then fast forward another chunk of time, and we run into a guy named Abraham. And Abraham becomes a really important person in the story.
So, God reaches down into an idol worshiping polytheistic nation. Polytheistic means many gods. And so, He reaches down into a polytheistic culture that believes in many different gods, and He pulls out a man and chooses him and reveals himself to that man. The story of God, is a story of God revealing himself. We don't go searching for God, God reveals himself to people. And so, this is progressive revelation, there was no scripture written. Even Genesis was not written when Abraham was there. Moses wrote Genesis years after Abraham.
And so, Abraham is operating at a time when there is no scripture. And as he does that, He, God reveals Himself to Abraham, and he comes and pursues after Abraham. And God gives us a really, really important point, a really important lesson. In chapter 12, God says, I'm coming to you, and I'm going to bless you, He says to Abraham, so He reveals Himself, we find out that, God is a God who reveals Himself, we find and He chases after us. We don't search for him; He comes to us.
And then he also says that, that He's going to bless them. So, He comes in order to bless. And that's a really crucial thing for understanding God. And then he also says that I'm going to bless all nations, through you, all peoples, all languages, all ethnic groups on the earth, will be blessed through Abraham. And Abraham just believes God. And God says, I count you righteous, this is developed in the New Testament quite a bit, Romans 4, it says,
“Abraham believed God, and God counted it to him for righteousness”
And he unpacks that in Romans 3:45, and all through that space. So, Abraham is, God reveals himself to Abraham, he says, I'm going to bless and I am going to bless through you, and Abraham believed God. And that's a crucial, crucial understanding that of what is going on in the story of Abraham.
Now, the Good News for you and me is that we relate to God on the same basis that Abraham did. Now we don't relate to God based on you know, I was from the right side of the tracks, or my dad was a pastor, or my grandma was a praying woman, or I always did the right stuff growing up. We don't relate to God on the basis of any of that. We relate to the back to God on the basis that God has revealed Himself to me, and I believe he's here to bless me, He said that He is and I'm going to believe in Him. That kind of acceptance and faith in God and in his son, Jesus, who's revealed over the course of time. That faith is what makes us right in the eyes of God. And so, on the basis of our trust, that's how we become right with the Lord. And that's a crucial, crucial part of Abraham story.
Now, as you go through, you're going to find a lot of different stuff. God makes a covenant with Abraham, the covenant becomes a very important word in the Old Testament, because God makes a promise, a deal promise with Abraham, that is going to extend forever even to this day, he said, I'm going to make you the father, of people like the stars of the air. And we are Abraham's children, not because we are descended from him physically as Jews, as the nation of Israel, but because we are His children, by faith. And the New Testament makes that clear that he is our father if we believe God like he did. And so, God we are part of God's promise to Abraham part of his covenant. It's a really important concept that is made to him.
So, in Genesis 15:6, you'll see that verse about Abraham believing God and God crediting it to him for righteousness. And then you'll run into, in 17. He makes another promise to Abraham and promises, I'm going to bring you a son even though at this time Abraham is very old, like 86, 99 years, like in those in that ballpark. And then we get over to, at chapter 21 and 22. There's, I’m skipping part of the story in the reading, because I'm trying to zoom in on the important stuff and Chapter 21 and chapter 22, Isaac is born. And that's, that's a very important thing he off God offers Isaac. Abraham offers Isaac back to God. And it may be kind of confusing. Here's the thing. Abraham didn't. He didn't know there was no written scripture. He just knew that this God who reveals to him said, I want your son.
And I would tell you that the best blessings of God you have to keep surrendered to God, right? You got to lay your Isaac down, whatever that blessing is that you've been trusting God for you've got to keep it submitted to God, or runs the risk of becoming a god to you and becoming an idol. So, read through the story of Abraham. I hope you'll be encouraged and blessed by it and we'll be back 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.