This is a summary of the training for Crossroads leaders earlier this week.
The Wheel – Christ the Center / The Obedient Christian
Review of general principles for discipling others:
1. Tell them what – define / describe the spiritual character or discipline desired
2. Show them how – show how it can be done
3. Do it with them – beyond just demonstrating how it’s done, do it together
4. Give them an assignment – people most often will do what they know someone is going to check up on
Additional principles for discipling others:
Two key things to teach
1. Why … what is the Biblical motivation for the spiritual discipline?
2. How … what is a good methodology for doing it?
Christ the Center
1. Confirm their personal relationship with Christ
– according to George Barna surveys, 60-70% of people attending church in America are not Christians
– we can’t assume because someone has gone to church for a long time or has volunteered to lead a small group that they actually have a personal relationship with Christ
– how to confirm:
a. ask them to share their testimony (not in a challenging, confrontational way; just ask them to share their story of how they became a Christian)
b. have them read My Heart – Christ’s Home and discuss their response
c. Study and discuss Lessons on Assurance … studies and scripture memory on Assurance of Salvation, Answered Prayer, Victory, Forgiveness, and Guidance
2. Why would we want to make Christ the Center of our lives?
– John 15: 7 – abiding in Christ leads to answered prayer
– John 15: 8 – abiding in Christ leads to bearing fruit which glorifies God
3. How do we make Christ the Center?
– Time in prayer and the Word are key
– Teach them to have a quiet time of fellowship with Christ
– 7 Minutes With God is a good starting point
Obedience to Christ
1. Why is obedience important?
– Jeremiah 29: 11 – the Lord wants and knows what is best for me; His plans (commands) are for my good
– John 14: 21 – it proves or demonstrates our love for Him
– Isaiah 1: 19; Deut 28: 1-14 – to be blessed
– Joshua 1: 8 – it brings prosperity and success
– Psalm 119: 100 – to gain understanding beyond our years
2. Resources for Obedience
– Philippians 4: 13 – we can do all things through Christ; He gives us the strength to obey
– 1 Corinthians 10: 13 – God always provides a way of escape when we are confronted with temptation
– Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 – faithful Christians will lift us up; a cord of 3 strands is not easily torn apart
– Proverbs 29: 18 – where there is no vision, the people perish; envision yourself obeying; plan how you will react when tempted
– Proverbs 3: 5,6 – pray for guidance; acknowledge Him in all our ways; ask yourself ‘What would Jesus do?’
Next Training Session: The Word and Prayer