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“Making Disciples through Prayer, Scripture and Accountability”

Missional Discipleship Initiative of Mennonite Mission Network - MMN
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Marvin Lorenzana

on 3 September 2014

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Transcript of “Making Disciples through Prayer, Scripture and Accountability”

Agenda:
Why Missional Discipleship?

God's Kingdom DNA!

Multiplying Disciples!
Missional
Discipleship
Initiative - MDI

Remain Calm...Disciple on!
What is...
Missional Discipleship?
"
(a)
It is the fulfillment of the Great Commission left by Jesus to his disciples,
(b)

done in an Intentional-Relational way,

and

(c)

with the sole purpose of transforming mere consumers into missionaries within their own context
"
God's Kingdom DNA
Virginia Mennonite Missions
US Ministries
An Initiative Sponsored by...
(a)
"...the fulfillment of the Great Commission left by Jesus to his disciples..."

(b)
"...done in an Intentional-Relational way..."
Discipleship only happens in
community
with other disciples of Jesus and
NEVER
in isolation!
(c)
"...with the sole purpose of transforming mere consumers into missionaries within their own context"

Jesus knew well that the kingdom of God could
NOT
be built upon a base of mere
consumer
; it takes
DISCIPLES
in order to turn the world upside down!
Unpacking this idea...
20 "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Mt. 18:20
The GC is
NOT
to go and:
"If you make disciples, you always get the church, but if you make a church, you rarely get disciples "
Mike Breen
Founder of 3DM
" Our relational orientation is a reflection of the image of God in us. God Himself is relational and exists in a community—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
Neil Cole
Organic Church
"If we fail to make and multiply disciples, we will probably fail in everything else we do"
"Where two or three gather in my name...
sit down in tidy rows, sing along a good while, put their money into a basket, pay attention to the announcements, and listen to a sermon for about 45'
...there I'm with them"
34 "Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind
.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Mt. 22:34-40
19 "Therefore go and
make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mt. 28:19-20
Alan Hirsch
Forge Network
3 Vital Spiritual Disciplines!
Acts 2:42
"All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching (
Scriptures
), and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper) (
Community, accountability
), and to
prayer
."
What is CHURCH?
"
Plant Churches
Make "Believers"
Create/Run Programs
Build Buildings
Accumulate Multitudes
Is THIS Church?
....Really?
Is this the church that Jesus had in mind when He said "
I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it
."?
"Ekkesia: an expansive, high impact, transformative people movement with potential for radical societal change through the gospel of Jesus"
Hirsch & Fergurson
Multiplying Disciples
So that we reproduce disciples (
1
) that
make disciples (
2
), that make disciples (
3
), that make disciples (
4
)...
Disciple
S
trategic
S
imple
P
rocess
Disciple
S
trategic
S
imple
P
rocess
Ekklesia as
MOVEMENT!
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