Our Highest Goal: To Be Like Jesus


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Our Highest Goal: To Be Like Jesus

  • Our Highest Goal: To Be Like Jesus



To Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations

  • To Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations



Always teaching and Always being taught!

  • Always teaching and Always being taught!







“Christianity without discipleship is Christianity without Christ.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • “Christianity without discipleship is Christianity without Christ.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer





Wesley’s System of Interlocking Groups:

  • Wesley’s System of Interlocking Groups:

  • “Society” – corporate

  • “Class” - open group

  • “Band” - closed group



Wesley told his lay preachers: “Preach in as many places as you can. Start as many classes as you can. Do not preach without starting new classes!”

  • Wesley told his lay preachers: “Preach in as many places as you can. Start as many classes as you can. Do not preach without starting new classes!”



“My brother Wesley acted wisely – the souls that were awakened under his ministry he joined in classes. This I neglected and my people are a rope of sand.” George Whitfield

  • “My brother Wesley acted wisely – the souls that were awakened under his ministry he joined in classes. This I neglected and my people are a rope of sand.” George Whitfield



Programs do not make disciples. Disciples make disciples!

  • Programs do not make disciples. Disciples make disciples!



Jesus said: “I will build my church. . . You make disciples.” Instead, we are all trying to build the church and few of us are making disciples!

  • Jesus said: “I will build my church. . . You make disciples.” Instead, we are all trying to build the church and few of us are making disciples!



  • Intentional discipleship

  • Begin with our family and children

  • Invest more time in fewer persons

  • Rich friendship relationships







Who is discipling you?

  • Who is discipling you?

  • Who are you discipling?



1. Pray for guidance

  • 1. Pray for guidance

  • 2. Ask a fruitful Christlike friend to disciple you

  • 3. Ask fruitful & faithful Christians to join your discipleship group

  • 4. Plan group meetings and clarify time expectations



5.Select the disciple making agenda: Bible, book, group topics, etc.

  • 5.Select the disciple making agenda: Bible, book, group topics, etc.

  • 6. Consider inductive Bible study: read & outline a passage, then journal a key word from the Holy Spirit to share with the group.



7. Confession of temptations, struggles, and sins.

  • 7. Confession of temptations, struggles, and sins.

  • 8. Accountability of balance in work, finances, eating, etc.

  • 9. Pray for each other, including times of fasting.

  • 10. Prayer and play retreats



Paul’s disciples include Achaicus, Ampliatus, Andronicus, Apelles, Apollos, Aquila, Archippus, Aristarchus, Aristobulus, Artemas, Asyncritus, Crescens, Demas, Epaphras, Epenetus, Erastus, Eubulus, Filemon, Fortunatus, Gaius, Hermas, Hermes, Herodion, Jesus (called Justus), Junias, Linus, Luke, Mnason, Barnabas’ cousin Mark, Narcissus, Nereus, Olympas, Onesimus, Onesiphorus, Patrobas, Philemon, Philologus, Phlegon, Pudens, Rufus, Secundus, Silas, Sopater, Stachys, Stephanas, Timothy, Titus, Trophimus, Tychicus, Urbanus, Zenas, and women, including Apphia, Claudia, Julia, Mary, Nympha, Persis, Phoebe, Priscilla, Tryphena, and Tryphosa.

  • Paul’s disciples include Achaicus, Ampliatus, Andronicus, Apelles, Apollos, Aquila, Archippus, Aristarchus, Aristobulus, Artemas, Asyncritus, Crescens, Demas, Epaphras, Epenetus, Erastus, Eubulus, Filemon, Fortunatus, Gaius, Hermas, Hermes, Herodion, Jesus (called Justus), Junias, Linus, Luke, Mnason, Barnabas’ cousin Mark, Narcissus, Nereus, Olympas, Onesimus, Onesiphorus, Patrobas, Philemon, Philologus, Phlegon, Pudens, Rufus, Secundus, Silas, Sopater, Stachys, Stephanas, Timothy, Titus, Trophimus, Tychicus, Urbanus, Zenas, and women, including Apphia, Claudia, Julia, Mary, Nympha, Persis, Phoebe, Priscilla, Tryphena, and Tryphosa.



1. Jesus

  • 1. Jesus

  • 2. Jesus discipled Peter.

  • 3. Peter discipled Barnabas.

  • 4. Barnabas discipled Paul.

  • 5. Paul discipled Timothy.

  • 6. Timothy discipled ”reliable persons” 7. Reliable persons qualified to teach others.” (2 Tim 2:2 NIV)



Jesus prayed all night and then began to gather his 12 disciples. He invested 3 years in these disciples who in turn would disciple others. If each disciple gathered 12 in a 3 year period, they would multiply from… 1 to 13 to 150 to

  • Jesus prayed all night and then began to gather his 12 disciples. He invested 3 years in these disciples who in turn would disciple others. If each disciple gathered 12 in a 3 year period, they would multiply from… 1 to 13 to 150 to

  • 1,800 to

  • 20,000 to

  • A quarter of a million to

  • 3 million in a 21-year period.



Who is discipling you?

  • Who is discipling you?

  • Who are you discipling?



To Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations

  • To Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations








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