Developing a disciple-making culture in your churchN.C. BAPTIST PODCAST
This podcast was recorded at the Disciple-Making Conference breakout session training and focuses on various aspects of discipleship. God wants believers to use their gifts in the way He has designed them, whether that means to strengthen their church or engage their community. John Davenport and Nathan Stamm share a simple yet comprehensive framework that will help church leaders examine various aspects of disciple-making and challenge church members to gain and apply biblical knowledge. This flexible tool equips believers to share Christ with the lost and encourage other Christians to join in the vision for healthy, reproducing gospel communities.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
We remember stories more easily, and this is a story of these two Jesus-followers, Jeff and Jennifer. They’re not always happy. Circumstances in life really beat up on them sometimes. But they’re joyful, and that’s because they’re abiding in Christ. They’re spending time in prayer and the Word, and the Spirit is really working in their hearts. They know that the joy of the Lord is their strength. These may be like members of your church. I would hope that we are Jeffs and Jennifers, who are just abiding in Christ through prayer and the Word. And a couple of things happen. They begin to understand God’s vision in Revelation 7:9-12, where there’s a multitude of people from every nation, tribe and language who are giving Jesus the glory He deserves. They begin to get a picture of that, and be a part of that. They want to see many more bowing before the throne. They begin to see people as Jesus sees people, with compassion and love. And that compels them to get outside themselves. When they go out the door, they’re going to meet two kinds of people: the lost and them saved. If they’re lost, they’re going to want to share the gospel with them, evangelize them. It might be somebody new. It might be somebody that they see regularly, like their barista at Starbucks or a friend at work. If they’re lost, they’re going to weave the gospel into their conversations and share the gospel with them in some way. If they’re saved, they want to enlist them because they want to see more and more believers trained up and be part of seeing God’s vision fulfilled. So they are doing what Jesus did: He came to seek and save the lost, as it says in Luke 19:10, through entry and evangelism.
Editor’s Note: John Davenport serves on the Strategic Focus Team and Nathan Stamm serves at Apex Baptist Church.
Adult Evangelism and Discipleship / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina