growing-up   Disciples of Christ are by definition, learners. We are to be lifelong learners in regards to know God and making Him known. In reading through Growing Up: How to be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples by Robby Gallaty,  I was clearly reminded of the areas of my disciple making  life that needed some attention. There was nothing really revolutionary about this book, nor was it the intentions of the author to write something “new”. However, Robby does a great job of simply explaining foundational disciple-making principles. I highly recommend this book for new believers and for those in the trenches who need a refresher on actively participating in the Great Commission. Below are quotes from the book, this is not a book review. Introduction:

The gospel came to you because it was heading to someone else. God never intended for your salvation to be an end, but a beginning. God saved you to be a conduit through whom His glorious, life-changing gospel would flow to others. You are a link in the chain of 2 Timothy 2:2…

If the pastor celebrates bodies, bucks, or buildings, the people will perceive those as most important, and they will become the measures of success. However, when the pastor highlights restoring relationships, transforming lives, and maturing believers within the D-Groups, people will soon desire to participate in a group.

The first and foremost way to make disciples is to become a disciple, and the only way to teach others effectively is to continue as a lifelong learner.

Chapter 1 The Difference that Made the Difference

Ultimately, each church will be evaluated by only one thing- its disciples.

The Master’s Model
Jesus ministered while the disciples watched.
Jesus progressed to allowing the disciples to assist him in ministry.
The disciples ministered, and Jesus assisted them.
Jesus observing as the disciples ministered to others.

Chapter 2 The Great Confusion

Discipleship, or disciplemaking, should not be just another option, Bible study, or box to check on the church’s program list. It should be the outflow of meaningful relationships built within the course of daily life, including at church, work, and in neighborhood contacts.

If you make disciples, you always get the church. But if you make a Church, you rarely get disciples. Mike Breen and Steve Cockram

At the end of His ministry, the church had grown to only 120 people. This is not to discount the miraculous work of our Lord, but to simply point out that Jesus was not interested in growing a mile wide and an inch deep. Rather, He focused on developing mature, faithful disciples who would go out and make more disciples.

Mass crusades in which I believe and to which I have committed my life will never accomplish the Great Commission; one-on-one relationships will. Billy Graham

Ministry is the pathway to maturity, not the other way around.

Every church should be able to answer two questions. Do we have a plan for making disciples? And is it working?

Chapter 3 The D-Group: A Blueprint
Compassion has been defined as “your hurt in my heart.” Because we are all sinners, compassion should be our response to a brother or sister who is struggling with an area of sin.

Jesus, it must be remembered, restricted nine-tenths of his ministry to twelve Jews. Eugene Peterson

Chapter 4 No Pain, No Gain: Spiritual Exercise
Spiritual exercise causes us to lose the fat of our flesh-the old man, our sinful nature-that slows us down in the race of the Christian life, and become lean, mean, godly machines for the glory of Christ. Every believer should strive for godliness.

There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what just happened. Be one of those who makes things happen in your spiritual life.

Chapter 5  Communicate: Knocking on Heaven’s Door
You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed. A.J. Gordon

As I prayed, I was changed. My desires changed. My priorities changed. My way of thinking changed. The things that once mattered most to me were no longer at the top of the list. God had revealed more of Himself to me as I prayed, and, as a result, I was changed.

The Lord’s Prayer
Praise: Our Father, who art in Heaven
Purpose: You will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven
Provision: Give us our daily bread
Pardon: Forgive us our debts (trespasses, sins)…
Protection: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
Praise (again): Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory

If you may have everything by asking, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is, and I beseech you to abound in it. Charles Spurgeon

Before you can help others, you yourself must be at peace with God.

Conviction without action is worthless.

Chapter 6 Learn: Mining for Gold Good chapter on basic Bible study methods.
Chapter 7 Obey: Follow the Leader
If Christ is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all. C.T. Studd

I find id particularly puzzling that we struggle to put disciple-making at the center of ministry even though Jesus left us with the clear imperative to make disciples. Bull Hull

Jesus was not an American Pastor. Although He spoke to large crowds on occasion, ministering to the masses was not Jesus’ first priority. His foremost concern was twelve men. Yes, He spent his life training a dozen men to obey His commands.

Jesus invested in people, not programs.

We are convinced that the gap holding back most believers is not the gap between that they know and what they don’t know. It’s the gap between what they know and what they’re living. Many Christians are…educated beyond their obedience. Dave Browning

Jesus issued many commands for us to follow. Don’t overlook His last-and most crucial-one: Make disciples!

Chapter 8 Store: An Eternal Investment Strategy

The more that a piece of information is repeated, the higher probability is that it will be retained in the long-term memory. You have heard it said that “repetition is the key to learning.”

I ate in the morning what I would digest in the evening; I swallowed as a boy what
I would ruminate upon as an older man. I have thoroughly absorbed these writings, implanting them not only in my memory but in my marrow. Petrarch

1. Meditation and memorization keep you from sin. Psalm 119:11
2. Meditation and memorization transform your thinking. Romans 12:2
3. Meditation and memorization equip you to share your testimony. 1 Peter 3:15
4. Meditation and memorization provide direction for your life. Psalm 119:105
5. Meditation and memorization produce spiritual growth in your life. Acts 20:32
6. Meditation and memorization equip you to fight temptation. Matthew 4:3-4

The reason we come away so cold from reading the Word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation. Thomas Watson

Chapter 9 Evangelize: Show and Tell

Evangelism and discipleship are two oars attached to one boat. With only one oar in the water, you will go in a circle. Both oar are necessary to reach your destination. Both are essential to carrying out the Great Commission.

Evangelism without discipleship will end when the evangelist dies. Likewise, discipleship without evangelism will cease when the disciple-maker dies.

Success in evangelism is in the sharing, not the saving. Only God can save, but He commands us to share.

Success in witnessing is simply taking the initiative to share Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, and leaving the results to God. Bill Bright

Birth, whether the first (physical) or the second (spiritual), is the exclusive work of God. God is the author of salvation, not us. (Ephesians 2:1-5)

Integrity is expected. With today’s generation, you must earn the right to share the gospel by developing a relationship with them.

A watered-down gospel is a false gospel.

…the focus of our evangelism is not the lost. It is God and His glory. The object of our evangelism is the lost. We tell others about Jesus because He is worthy of all of their worship.

Chapter 10 from God
Discipleship is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ through obedience to the will of God. A heart that obeys God is a heart that has first come to love Him.

The primary way God has revealed Himself to us is through His Word.

Study the bible. Know God. Obey God.   Link to the book



Growing Up: How to be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples

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