New Shepherds’ Discipling Progress Chart

For folks who’ve found Jesus, to gather relatives and pals and share the Good News

 

New follower of Jesus, these guidelines are to help you obey Jesus, and to help your family and friends obey Him also. Jesus said, “If you love me, obey my commands.” John 14:15.

    Let new believers in your group learn and heed these basic commands before delving into detailed doctrine. Jesus’ last command after He rose from the dead was for us to make disciples by teaching them to obey His commands (Matthew 28:18-20).

    Jesus said to do many things but they can be summed up in seven basic commands, listed below. The 3,000 new believers of the first church in Jerusalem obeyed these commands from the start (Acts 2:37-47). The word love does not appear in this account, but we see them obeying this command in their fellowship and in the way that they gave to the needy. Jesus’ commands are the foundation for all that a group of believers does.

    Write the date in the space provided after each command when you and your friends are obeying it.

a)   The first command for a new follower of Jesus is to repent (turn from sin), believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:15; John 3:16; 20:22). We can't do one of these things without the other two. When we do them, we are “born again” (John 3:3-8).”

      To teach what it means to repent, tell your family and friends the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) or of Zacheus (Luke 19:1-10). Be sure that your friends also know the accounts of Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection (Luke chapters 22 – 24). Start with these historical events if your friends do not already know them.

Practice confirmed (date) ________________________

b)  Confirm repenting with baptism (Matthew 28:18-20). To teach your friends to be baptized, tell the account of Jesus’ baptism (Matthew chapter 3, or of the Ethiopian’s baptism (Acts 8:26-39). You can also explain its meaning from Romans 6:3-6.

  Practice confirmed (date) ________________________

c)   From its beginning, a group of believers must obey Jesus’ command to break bread in remembrance of His death (Matthew 26:26-27). Some call this Communion or the Lord’s Supper. By eating the bread and drinking the cup, we take part in a mystical way in Jesus’ body and blood (1 Corinthians 10:16-17). To instruct your friends about this, recount its historical roots in the original Passover (Exodus 12:1-14). Also, tell how Jesus changed the Passover feast to its current form for Christians, in the Upper Room the night before His arrest (Luke 22:1-20).

  Practice confirmed (date) ________________________

d)  Love God and neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40). Jesus’ command to love includes forgiving those who have hurt us and caring for the needy. Stories might include Ruth’s love for Naomi (Ruth 1:1-17) and the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

  Practice confirmed (date) ________________________

e)   Pray (John 16:24). This includes personal and family prayers. Stories can include Abraham’s prayer for his nephew Lot (Gen. 18:17-33) and Jesus’ ordeal in Gethsemani (Matt. 26:31-50).

  Practice confirmed (date) ________________________

e)   Give (Luke 6:38). We are to give to anyone in serious need, starting with fellow believers; we also help support Christian workers. Instructive stories can include Abigail’s gift of food for David’s soldiers (1 Samuel 25:2-38), and Jesus’ parable of the three stewards (Matthew 25:14-30).

  Practice confirmed (date) ________________________

d)  Make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). We are to tell our friends about Jesus, lead God’s people, train new leaders and that the Good News about Jesus to people all over the world. Stories might include Jesus’ parable of the two builders (Matt. 7:24-29), Peter’s visit to Cornelius’ house (Acts 10:1-48), and what the first followers of Jesus in Jerusalem did from the beginning (Acts 2:37-47).

  Practice confirmed (date) ________________________

When the flock is obeying all these commands of Jesus, then continue mentoring the new leaders using the Paul-Timothy pastoral training studies, which will enable the new flock to do all the vital ministries that God requires of a church in the New Testament:

www.Paul-Timothy.net

For help to get started doing this, email or call mentor George Patterson:

gpatterson@cvi2.org  -  863 382 1062.