• Darrell Stetler II

New Christian BIble reading plan: Day 3 transcript

Many smaller churches have no clear discipleship strategy. A few years ago, I got tired of winging it every time a new person needed to be discipled. I developed a tool that can help, the NewStart Discipleship Journal, and started using it where I pastor, in Southwest OKC’s Bible Methodist Church.


It did help! For the first time, I feel like I have a discipleship plan that can really multiply disciple-makers in my church. As a small church pastor, I know this is a big deal.


If you’re interested in how I did it, you can register for my free 1 hour webinar on “How Even Small Churches Can be 100% Ready to Disciple New Christians (And multiply Disciple-Makers!).”


Here’s a teaching transcript from the first discipleship video from day 3:


New Start Discipleship Day 03

Hey, welcome to New Start Discipleship Day 3! So glad you're here, grab a hold of your journal and let's process through Luke 4:14-44. This is the beginning of the ministry of Jesus.

Now, you'll notice we skipped over a significant chunk of Jesus's life, right? And there's a couple of reasons for that. One is that we don't know that much about what happened to Jesus between the age of like three years old, and the age of 30 years old. Basically, here's what happened to Jesus. All right, because people always ask me this, I'll just quickly highlight it for you. He lived, he worked; he worked in his dad's carpenter shop, most likely, he had, he lived a normal life for most of the time that he was on this earth. We know nothing about it, because it was ordinary, it was ordinary. Jesus lived a life you know how you get up and go to work every day. And you just live a normal life and you get up and go to school every day. That's what Jesus did. He lived a normal life. And he dignified by his living, he dignified the kind of life that you live. You don't have to be doing something amazing and extraordinary to be pleasing God. Jesus, please God, for a chunk, huge chunk of his life, in a normal, everyday, kid, teenager, go to work sort of grown up man life. And so that's good news.

Now in Luke 4:14, starting verse 14, we're going to read about the beginning of the ministry of Jesus, when he launched his ministry here on this earth. Jesus knew who he was, he knew what he was about to do, but he didn't begin until he was about 30 years old. And then he goes into Nazareth, his hometown, where he grew up. And he goes into the synagogue, the place, the Jewish place of worship, where they worship the God of the Old Testament, the God YAHWEH, who was their God, and He sat down. And he went there and sat down and he stood up to read and he found the prophet Isaiah, it was his turn to read the scriptures in the synagogue. And he unrolled it, and he read in the scroll,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he's anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

Jesus is good news for broken people. His life, his ministry, his presence, is good news for those who have been trapped, and oppressed and bound and neglected. And on the back burner of society, Jesus presence and his ministry, is good news for the poor, whether you are poor in the sense of finances, or whether you're poor in the sense of your heart, and your life and your spiritual lostness. Jesus is good news for the poor.

And I want you to notice it says to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. This is a concept from the Old Testament you might not be familiar with. But in the Old Testament, there was a year once every 50 years, where there was a dramatic event, and they had a huge year of celebration. Everybody took the year off of farming. If you owed debts to anybody, they were completely canceled in the 50th year, and everybody or any person that had indentured themselves as a servant to somebody else, was set free, and they walked free for nothing. It was a year of celebration and returning and coming back home, and reunions and parties and cancellation of debts. It was good news for the poor. And Jesus said, That's me. I'm here to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. That's pretty cool.

Jesus set you free. Jesus is proclaiming to you; this is the year that your debts are forgiven. It's a year of reuniting and coming back to what really matters. And getting back what has been lost what sin is taken away from you. That's really good news. There's more stuff here. But I want to let you take a look at it.

Use your journal today, day number 3, and I'm excited to see what the Lord shows to you today. Now, I want to say one quick thing. Find a mentor, okay. Find a mentor, if you don't have one right now, email me, my email address is here in this little notebook. If you don't have one, email me and I'll get in touch with you and we'll figure something out. Get up plugged into a person who can mentor you. Get a hold of a mentor, okay? It's really gonna matter. Christianity is a team sport, right? It's a team sport. It is something you need to do with somebody, okay? It's not a solo game. And so, find a mentor. Get with somebody who can help you walk through all this stuff. You can text them your questions, and they can pray with you and help you walk this road together. God bless you. See you tomorrow.


My name is Darrell Stetler, and I create discipleship tools to help small church pastors finally learn what it means to make disciples, not just collect attenders!


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