I would encourage you to watch this POWERFUL training video. Invest 17 minutes of your life to consider it. It gives you a free tool you can use to get new believers or existing believers on fire for God.
Read Matthew 28:18-20
Fold one piece of paper in half to make 4 pages (hence 411). We are looking at making disciples because Jesus wants disciples to make disciples.
Page One: WHY make disciples? (Because it is who we are 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
Page Two: WHO should we target. (Make an OIKOS map – people in your life but far from God).
Page Three: WHAT should we say? Two tools – the 15 second testimony and the Three Circles
Page Four: WHEN do we get started? We need to set goals that get into our calendar.
Partial Transcript – First Point
Why Make Disciples?
Go ahead and open up your bible to Matthew 28:18-20. Read that , It says:
“All authority …”
So we see clearly that Jesus is speaking here and he’s commanding us, his disciples, to make disciples. And we found it helpful for people who want to strive to obey this command of Jesus to make disciples, we found it helpful that there be four things that people know and are equipped in to be able to effectively make disciples.
The first is to know “Why” they should make disciples. The second is knowing “Who” to reach. The third is knowing “What” to say, and the fourth is knowing “When” they’ll make time to begin making disciples.
So we’re going to equip you in a realy simple training that answers these foru questions – why, who, what, when and on this single sheet of paper, in under an hour. And we call this the 411 disciple making training. It answers four questions on one sheet paper in under an hour.
So first we’re going to answer the question “Why do we make disciples?” Well, a minute ago we saw in the Great Commission that Jesus commanded us, and that’s enough.
But we also need to understand that making disciples isn’t just something we do. It’s part of who we are. It’s part of our identity. To help us better understand that, we’re going to look at 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. So go ahead and turn to your Bible and read that passage.
So there’s a lot in there. There’s a few things that we want you to notice and we’re going to use a picture to help you remember each one.
The first is that Jesus has reconciled us or brought those who are in Christ back to Himself and forgiven them of their sins. So all this is through Jesus and we see now in verse 17 that for those who are in Christ they’re made brand new. This means that no matter what you’ve done or has been done to you, if you’ve repented and believed in Jesus or in Christ, you’re brand new.
The second thing we learn about our identity (vs 20) is that we are now ambassadors of Jesus which simply means we’re supposed to tell others about Jesus and to help us remember this we’re going to draw a globe. (A circle with a plus sign, line above, line below and brackets).
So these two parts of our identity are true. We’re new and we’re ambassadors but we cannot separate these two. You can’t become new and not be an ambassador of Jesus, and you can’t be an ambassador of Jesus if you’ve never been made new. So why do we make disciples? It’s our identity. It’s who we are.
Go ahead and practice that on your sheet.
So moving to the second page, now we’re going to answer the question, “Who do we reach?”
I’ll do more of this soon.
PRAYING (for people in our OIKOS map).
SHARING (the 15 second testimony and Three Circles)
TRAINING (people in this 411 method)
TEACHING PEOPLE TO OBEY THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST
Again, I urge you to watch the video which unpacks and explains all these things. Listen to it many times if you want to be good at doing it, and even practice some of the phraseology or words that are used. You can start with how others do it but of course your own personality and thoughts and ways of expressing things will come through at times. Try to keep it simple though, because these elements are the essential things for having a ministry where the impact is multiplying.