New Christian Training Tools: NewStart Discipleship Day 18
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 18:
New Start Discipleship Day 18
Hey, welcome back New Start Discipleship, and what is this day, I will say day 18. And we are just cranking through the New Testament hitting highlights Ephesians 5 is where we are today.
And in Ephesians 5, there's a powerful practical passage of scripture. And Paul is going to talk about how the walk of the Christian should open up. So, he says, walk in the way of love, right? Just because it costs how God has loved us, we're gonna follow his example. And we're gonna walk in the way of love. And so, he starts unpacking what that looks like, in practical ways. He's he talks about our ethics, our life, our life that we live in Christ, he says, you gotta not even have a hint of sexual immorality, then I would tell you as a new Christian, this is a moment for you to consider your life and say, is there even a hint of it? If you're struggling with something, something sexual. So, say pornography, which is a huge, huge problem not only among men, but also lesser known, but it's a problem among ladies as well. And I would tell you, if you're struggling with that, this is a moment to deal with it, okay, this is a moment to realize that God's got something better for you, it's a moment to talk about it to a mentor and to get honest about it. Because if you get honest about it, you let in the light and the light starts defeating the darkness.
And so, if you keep it shut up in a dark closet of your life, it's gonna be a bad business, it's gonna grow in power and grow and strength, and eventually crush you. But your new life and Jesus, if you'll let in the light, the power of it starts going away. And shame has been taken away for those who follow Jesus. So, don't let any hints of sexual immorality be in your life.
And then we're going to continue on and he gives us a really important part of really important understanding. He says, you once were darkness in verse 8, but now you are light, so live as children of the light. And he talks about goodness, righteousness and truth. We're gonna let those lights into our life. And then a very important, very important passage that I want to highlight to you today. In Ephesians 5:15, starting verse 15. He says,
“Be very careful, then how you live, not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is”.
Oh, if you mean like, I mean, I just wish I knew what God's will is from life. I just wish I could understand what it was, if I knew God's will, I could do it. Found God's will, alright? It's not lost. It's not a mystery. Here we go;
“Understand what the Lord's will is, do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery, instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit”.
That's a verse you want to like, commit to memory and write it down? Now, why is he comparing wine and the Holy Spirit?
Well, I'm going to unpack this for you later, in your journey with the Lord. I encourage you to, you are supposed to come out in the next few months, a book similar to this one. That's a 40-day journey through the topic of holiness, the topic of sanctification, how God changes us into the likeness of Jesus. But I want to encourage you to ask the Lord, to show you how you can be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Now, he's talking to Christians who remember they have the Holy Spirit. We just read that a couple of days ago in Romans 8:9, that if it no one is close to Jesus, who doesn't have the Holy Spirit, but now he says, to be filled with the Spirit, in the verb tense in Greek, the language that Paul originally wrote this in, is like the being filled. It's like a continuous filling. It's like I'm a conduit into the Holy Spirit flowing completely through me, with no hindrances and that's a powerful, powerful idea. So, we have the Holy Spirit, Paul wants us to be filled in continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.
So, I want to encourage you to start praying to this in what if you were so full of God, that it showed through in you all the time, right? What if you were so full to the brim with God, that He just flowed out of you all the time. That's what the Holy Spirit filling you is about, that God fills and controls and controls you. Like some people are controlled with wine. Instead, you're controlled with the Holy Spirit, that controls the way they speak, the way they think the way they act. And the Holy Spirit controls the way you think and speak and act.
So, let me encourage you, start making it a matter of prayer. And then he starts unpacking how that looks in our lives. He talks about, it affects our music and attack affects our thanksgiving, our attitudes and our relationships. And he starts unpacking a Christian home right after this. So, you need to check this chapter out and see how everything in the Christian life flows out of being full of God. Let's see it tomorrow and God bless you.