What It Means to Make Disciples: NewStart Day 31
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 31:
New Start Discipleship Day 31
Hey, New Start Discipleship, Day 31. So glad you're here. And I'm going to just tell you that today is dramatic, alright? It is incredible, an incredible reading some incredible, amazing miracles that the Lord does with just absolutely incredible things that he does in reference to his people while they are in Egypt, alright?
So, God begins working through Moses to do incredible miracles and send plagues on the land of Egypt. Now, this is something you wouldn't necessarily notice, as you're reading through the story. It's pretty amazing and incredible. But one thing you might not notice, as you read through it, is that, there's God is systematically destroying some gods of Egypt, in the eyes of his people.
Let me see if I can explain. So, as the plagues start coming on land of Egypt, the plague of blood that comes on the Nile River, the river Nile, the Egyptians thought that there was god, that there was, that was one of their gods. And God demonstrates that he has power over that, and he crushes that god in the sight of his people, right? So, the Israelites see, and they're like, because it's really easy. If you're a slave, in the land of Egypt for 400 years, it's really easy to start believing that the God that you heard about from about your great, great, great, great, great, great grandpa, Abraham, and Isaac and Jacob must not be quite as powerful as the gods of Egypt, right? Like that would be the temptation to feel like, all these other gods must be more powerful than the one I serve. And God says, not okay. The Bible says he's a jealous God, He will not share His glory with another.
And so, God allowed their slavery for a period of time, and they might he multiplied them greatly. And then he's going to bring them out and send them into a land that he's promised them. But first, he's going to have to prove that he's not at all like the other gods of the world, or the gods of the Egyptians. He's going to destroy one by one, all the gods of Egypt.
So, they had a god that was like a frog. And he sent a plague of frogs that they could not stop, and it was annoying and incredible. And then God killed them all right, in one day. And then a plague of gnats, they had a, flies, it was like a, a god that were like these insects in the Egyptian thing and an Egyptian Pantheon, their system of gods.
And so, plague of Boils and a plague of Hail in a plague of Locusts. God is just kind of systematically, God is systematically destroying these gods. And it's an incredible, incredible thing for the Israelites to watch. They are watching God take all of the gods that they thought had kept them in captivity for so long, and destroy them systematically, one by one by one. And it's like, oh, that god doesn't have power, like our God has power. Oh, that god doesn't have power, like our God, oh, that would either, that would god doesn't have power, like our God.
So, God glorifies himself through all of this. And I want you to understand that God was not saving these people, because of their goodness, He was saving these people, because for the sake of his own name, His own glory. He said, I am going to, I am going to be glorified by the allowing Pharaoh to strengthen his heart and resist my will.
So normally, nobody would be able to withstand the will of the Lord, right? Like this, right? Like is systematic destroying of all the gods. But Pharaoh could he wanted to you wanted to pretend the Lord didn't exist and he did. And God allowed him to do that. And then God brings in the Passover, and brings them out, brings the Passover, in the last part of the story into chapter 12.
And chapter 13, the last plagues, the last one, even Pharaoh's eldest son in the heir to the throne died, and Pharaoh himself thought that he was that believed and taught that he the people that he was one of the gods of Egypt. And so, God is just systematically showing them that, there is no god besides me.
So, when they go out, He wants them to have faith. He wants them to trust him, He wants them to see that there's no other God who can do what he can do, which is an incredible, incredible and beautiful, beautiful thing.
Listen, there's no other God like the Lord. Maybe somebody else somewhere who's serving the god of money, has it better than you right now, but their gods going to fall. They're just they're just a matter of time. Maybe somebody else is serving the god of sexuality or the god of something else, and you may be tempted to think that their god satisfies and their God gives joy and their God, but it's only for right now. Your God gives greater joy, your God satisfies more and better than any other. So, keep that in mind as you read this and just be amazed at how God showed himself strong for the sake of His people. God bless you. See you tomorrow.