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Making disciples is not easy but it is the last command of Jesus. To not make disciples (in the power of Spirit) is to disobey Jesus. Renaut van der... Show more

Making disciples is not easy but it is the last command of Jesus. To not make disciples (in the power of Spirit) is to disobey Jesus. Renaut van der Riet (pastor Mosaic Community Church, Oakland, Florida) writes about the difficulty of making disciples - "In this fast-food, instant-access generation, we have often substituted true discipleship for a superficial community experience and a program-driven approach to faith. These require far less work and a much lower level of commitment. Our churches may grow numerically, but we are left dabbling in the shallows of God instead of diving into the depths of God. We have come a long way since the days when someone would drop everything for the honor of following their rabbi...As a young pastor charting a course through the jungle of planting a church and now shepherding that church, I’ve discovered that it is increasingly difficult to find mentors who will guide me through the ins and outs of practical, biblical discipleship."Max Anders writes that "evidence suggests that on the whole, the church is dramatically falling short on discipleship. As I speak with people about this subject, there seems to be a pervasive sense among church observers that we are categorically failing at this central responsibility." (Brave New Discipleship-Cultivating Scripture-driven Christians in a Culture-driven World)Dr Howard Hendricks, beloved professor at DTS who went home to the Lord in 2013, said that every believer should foster three relationships in their life for as Solomon said “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17):• A PAUL —an older and wiser believer from whom you can learn (I would add one who has had time to make more mistakes).• A Barnabas—a friend who encourages, and holds you accountable• A Timothy—a young believer in whom you are investingThis short list begs several questions. If you are a Paul, an older man (woman) in the faith, do you have a Timothy (or Timothea)? Why not? If you are like Paul or like Timothy, do you have a Barnabas to encourage you and keep you accountable? If you are a young believer, have you prayerfully sought out an older, more mature saint to be your Paul? Why not? The "Jesus way" is to make disciples and by implication to be a disciple who will go on to make disciples (2 Ti 2:2+). Obedience to Jesus' last command will bring lasting joy, not only in this life but in the life to come (read Jn 15:16, Mt 6:19-21+, 2 Cor 5:10+, Rev 22:12+)! You are not under law but under grace (Ro 6:14+, cf Gal 5:18+), so take this to the Lord in prayer as to how He would have you respond.Where are the older Paul’s discipling the younger Timothy’s? 30 years ago I tried to find a Paul at the largest Bible church in Austin and could not, even after to appealing to several of the lead pastors. I was forced to find my "Paul" by reading works by other godly men, especially C H Spurgeon, John Piper, John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll, Wayne Barber, et al. That’s why I am excited about what we are beginning. Steven Cole had a similar experience writing "When I was younger in the faith, I prayed about this and explored a few opportunities, but everything I tried fell flat. I couldn’t find anyone to be in the role of a Paul to me. Finally, I started reading the lives of the great men of God, such as George Muller, Charles Spurgeon, John Calvin, John Bunyan, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and a host of others. They have served as my spiritual mentors. I look forward to meeting them and sitting down for long chats in heaven! But ask God first for a living model." (Handing Off the Truth - 2 Timothy 2:2)Spiritual Multiplication is the goal, obeying Christ's command to make disciples who make disciples. My time on earth is short and God has impressed on me that the highest eternal "yield" (see Jesus' charge "to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last" forever! Jn 15:16, 8) is to invest in a group of younger, trustworthy, reliable men who are willing and able to pass the spiritual baton to other faithful men (2 Timothy 2:2- note ).But it will not happen by my power or so-called "adequacy" for sure –Jesus’ words keep resonating through my mind (these words are in a different context but applicable in principle. Context = When Jesus taught that He Himself was the Bread of life)…(1) John 6:63 “It is the Spirit Who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” ("are spirit-giving and life-producing")So what is our great need from John 6:63? – dependence on the Spirit, diving into His Word = these are "spirit-giving and life-producing." So throughout our time together over the months to come the Holy Word illuminated/taught by the Holy Spirit will be our goal for only therein are we "adequate."(2) John 15:5 Jesus said “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides (active voice, present tense = habitually, as his routine practice, as his general lifestyle, "is at home") in Me, and I in him, (= oneness, covenant, intimacy – cp marriage covenant = man becoming one flesh with his wife – Ge 2:24 ) he bears much fruit; for (term of explanation) apart from Me you can (you have power [dunamai] to) do nothing (absolutely nothing).”(3) 2Cor 3:5-6 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a New Covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. –What's the key word? Adequate.What's "letter"? the Law.Comment - Note the clear, striking contrast between law and Spirit, like oil and water! And again notice that any spiritual fruit that comes from us that possesses spiritual life and eternal value is produced by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, which emphasizes the disciple's desperate need to continually abide in and depend on His filling and His enabling if he or she is to be a fruitful follower of Christ.Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, publicly apologized to his congregation for failing to produce disciples in his church. Hybels instructed his staff to evaluate Willow Creek’s effectiveness, and the results caused Hybels to experience the “wake-up call” of his ministerial life. After investing 30 years of ministry and tens of millions of dollars in facilities, programs, and promotions, Willow Creek was admittedly unsuccessful in producing disciples. Resources were prioritized on attracting visitors, but a step-by-step plan for personal growth was ignored. (Here is a direct quote – "When you're three decades into leading a church as I am you think you 'get it' and the data proved there's some things I don't 'get it' yet!")David Platt author of books "Radical" and "Follow Me" writes that "In Jesus’ initial call to four men standing by the Sea of Galilee, we see that the inevitable overflow of being a disciple of Jesus is making disciples of Jesus. “Follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). This was a promise: Jesus would take His disciples and turn them into disciple-makers. And this was a command: he would call each of his disciples at the end of Matthew to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey him (Matthew 28:19-20). From the start, God’s simple design has been for every single disciple of Jesus to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples until the gospel spreads to all peoples on the planet. Yet we have subtly and tragically taken this costly command of Christ to go, baptize, and teach all nations and mutated it into a comfortable call for Christians to come, be baptized, and listen in one location. If you were to ask individual Christians today what it means either to be a disciple or to make disciples, you would likely get jumbled thoughts, ambiguous answers, and probably even some blank stares. In all our activity as Christians and with all our resources in the church, we are practically ignoring the commission of Christ. Evangelism is relegated to a dreaded topic, discipleship is reduced to a canned program, and the majority of the church is currently sitting sidelined in a spectator mentality that delegates disciple-making to pastors and professionals, ministers and missionaries."J.D. Greear author of the provocative book "Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart" writes “Scientists and theologians agree: everything that is alive grows and reproduces. How is it, then, that so many Christians are not growing and not reproducing spiritually?"With that as a background, our primary resource for making disciples will be God's Word.
Jedediah Looking forward to this series. 1 week ago
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Tavish Me too. 1 week ago
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Read James 3:8-10. Who can tame the tongue?

Our mouth and the words that we allow to come out of it can show if we are slow to anger or quick to...
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Read James 3:8-10. Who can tame the tongue? Our mouth and the words that we allow to come out of it can show if we are slow to anger or quick to anger. A person who is slow to anger is a person who carefully watches the words that come out of their mouth. This type of person is wise! Fill in the sixth line on your how to be slow to anger... page. Spend a few minutes working on your memory verses. A person who is slow to anger gives a gentle answer. Find and read Proverbs 15:1. What does the word gentle mean? Proverbs 15:1 says “a gentle answer turns away wrath”. How would you describe a gentle answer? What does the word wrath mean? Sometimes in the book of Proverbs, King Solomon gives us two sides to a situation. Proverbs 15:1 is one of those times. Solomon says, “a gentle answer turns away wrath but... what? How can a harsh word stir up anger? Sometimes, in our own anger, we can make a situation worse by stirring up more anger or wrath. Other times, if we speak gently we can actually help get rid of another person’s anger. Pretty amazing, huh? I don’t think I will ever truly understand the power my mouth has over some one’s emotions. I know that many times I have allowed my mouth to be used in such a way as to hurt another person’s feelings. I want to learn to give a gentle answer. Have you ever seen a situation where someone was angry and another person used gentle words to calm them down? YES/NO What do you remember about that situation? Let’s work together and learn to be people who are slow to anger and give gentle answers. Fill in the seventh line on your "how to be slow to anger..." page. A person who is slow to anger settles arguments. So far, in our study, we've spent most of our time studying the book of Proverbs. Find and read Proverbs 15:18. What does Solomon call the man who stirs up dissention? Would a hot-tempered man be one who is quick to anger or slow to anger? What does the word dissention mean? According to Proverbs 15:18, what kind of man calms a quarrel? What does the term quarrel mean? Do you think a patient person would be a good kind of person to calm an argument? YES/NO Why or why not? Have you noticed that there are times when people will be arguing and not even really know what they are arguing about? YES/NO Maybe you have been in that type of situation. I know that I have been. It is not something to be proud of, though. In fact, this is one area that I want to work on in my own heart and life. A person who is slow to anger is a person who does not just jump into an argument.
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A person who is slow to anger shows self control.

Let's look at some more wise counsel from King Solomon. Solomon wrote at least part of four...
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A person who is slow to anger shows self control.Let's look at some more wise counsel from King Solomon. Solomon wrote at least part of four different books of the Bible. Find Ecclesiastes in your Bible. Ecclesiastes is one of the books of the bible from Solomon. Read Ecclesiastes 7:9. Solomon tells us to not be quick to be angry. Let’s explore how we can not be quick to be angry. Find and read Proverbs 25:28 in your Bible. In Proverbs 25:28, Solomon creatively tells us to have self-control. Without self-control are like a city without walls. In other words, we have no defense from sin without self –control. What is self-control? How does being slow to anger show that you have self-control? Self-control is something that is especially hard for me. There are many areas where I lack self-control.I want to be a person who is slow to anger because I want to have self-control in that area of my life. I have a couple of story problems for you of people who need to learn self-control and to not be quick to anger. This story is about a mom who is trying to teach her children to be a light for Jesus. She reminds her children that Christians should act differently so that people notice. She wants her children to be a great reflection of God’s love every time they are around other people. However, that same mom has a hard time controlling her anger. Many times she has allowed herself to be quickly angered and has not shown self-control. Sometimes, complete strangers, this mom will explode in anger over some small offense that her children did. She wants to show God’s love but she doesn't know how to be slow to anger.What advice would you give this mom?This story is about a boy who is your age. This boy seems like he is always mad about something. Often he will go off by himself and pout. If he’s not pouting, he seems to be yelling at someone,especially his own brother and sisters, about something that they did to him. Sometimes he even becomes violent and hits and kicks his brother and sisters. However, you know that most of the time,no one did anything to make this boy mad. Instead, he just seems to always be angry.What have you learned in this Bible study so far that you could teach this guy? I hope you are learning much as we study the Bible together. I know I am. I don’t want to be the fool who has no self-control and who is easily angered. What about you? Are you working on your memory verses? Take time to fill in the fifth line on your “How to Be Slow to Anger” page and then spend five minutes working on your memory verses. A person who is slow to anger holds their tongue. Let's look in the book of Proverbs again for another lesson in learning to be a person who is slow to anger. Find and read Proverbs 10:19-21. In this verse, who does Solomon say is wise? Now look up and read Proverbs 21:23. What does the word calamity mean? How can we stay away from calamity? When you find yourself becoming angry with someone, do you hold your tongue? YES,/NO.Sometimes when we are beginning to become angry about someone or something, we become angrier when we allow our mouths to start moving! Have you ever started to get mad but after you heard yourself yell at someone, you realized that you were even angrier than you thought you were? YES,/NO If we become wise and guard our tongue, Proverbs 21:23 says we can be slow to anger. We often hurt others with the words that we say when we are angry. Is it difficult to be angry and say nice things about someone? YES/NO Often, we do the easier thing and allow our anger to control the words we use. Those words can be very hurtful.
Ava Yolanda Bacchus There have been times I thought OK I walked away from that without hurting someone! Then there are times I am like, OK I could have kept my mouth shut! I still need some work on mine too Ben-tziyon 2 weeks ago
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Shannon I have come a long, long, way. I do not get angry anymore I get emotional. I am working on gaining more control over the emotions. To be honest? It is not hard anymore to walk away from a hostile situation. I would engage in the past and become angry. God took that out of me. But I try to get people to see the wrong they have done too much. I think I might spend a little more time on it than I should. It is a defense mechanism more than anything. Anger is gone but defense mechanism and... Show more 1 week ago
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Tavish Still working on mine this study has helped. Thank you Shannon and Jerry for reposting these. 1 week ago
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Slow To Anger - Part 2

If you need more help, please find a pastor, your parents, myself, or an adult who is a Christian and ask them to help you...
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Slow To Anger - Part 2If you need more help, please find a pastor, your parents, myself, or an adult who is a Christian and ask them to help you discover more about Yeshua. A person who is slow does not do foolish things. Look up and read Proverbs 14:17. What does Proverbs 14:17 call the person who acts foolishly? What is the opposite of quick-tempered? The term foolishly describes someone who is acting as a fool. What is the opposite of foolish? Let’s look up a few more verses from Proverbs that describes fools. Find and read Proverbs 1:7. Now look up and read Proverbs 12:15. The way of a fool is right in what? What does a wise man listen to? In learning to be slow to anger, we need to learn to be wise and not foolish. Often we show our own foolishness by our sudden outbursts of anger. I can not tell you how many times I will burst out in anger at a situation and then later learn that I did not even understand the situation. If I had been slow to anger, I may have seen that there was truly no need to be angry. I would not have looked foolish either! Have you ever experienced a time when you were quick to become angry and then later you realized that you acted as a fool? YES/NO What can you do instead of being a fool? Proverbs 1:7 is another great verse to memorize. It is a great reminder of what fools are. It also reminds us that knowledge of anything, including anger, comes from fearing God. Please write Proverbs 1:7 out on a piece of paper or note card and work on memorizing it along with James 1:19-20. Fill in the third number on your list of How to Be Slow to Anger...pageI’ll give you a hint…the answer is in the title of today’s lesson and in what we learned about today. A person who is slow to anger has patience. Find and read Proverbs 19:11 in your Bible. The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise and wonderful statements written by the wisest man who ever lived--King Solomon. God granted Solomon great wisdom. God used Solomon to write words that would teach us to be wise as well. Proverbs 19:11 in your Bible may say, “A man’s wisdom gives him patience”. In this verse, another way to say patience is slow to anger. In what ways does being patient show that you are slow to anger? Look back at Proverbs 19:11. What should a wise man overlook? What is an offense? A wise, or slow to anger, person is a person who is willing to overlook an offense. Some things done against us are serious and they either hurt our bodies or our feelings. Other things done against us are little. They do not hurt us badly. These are the types of offenses that we need to overlook. Instead of being quick to become angry at every little thing that is done against us, we need to be patient and stop and think through the situation. If it is a little offense, it is much better to patiently overlook the offense than to strike out in anger. The person that is slow to anger will forgive the offense instead of getting angry. How would a foolish person act over a small offense? How would a wise person act over a small offense? Which would you rather be…wise or foolish? Keep working on your memory verses. The key to a wise life is through God’s Word. He can change our hearts and teach us to be people who are slow to anger. Fill in the fourth line on your list of How to Be Slow to Anger....
Hatita The book of proverbs always helps me with handling things in my life. These are really good. I am happy to see they are being re-posted. I did not save them all the last time. I am saving now. 2 weeks ago
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Oren Thank you for the reposts on these!!!! 👍👍😁 2 weeks ago
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Ben-tziyon I was not getting a lot of these in email I missed a lot of them. Thank you from me too for the reposts! 2 weeks ago
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Slow to Anger - Part 1

What does it mean to be slow to anger? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt immediately angry? YES/NO What were some...
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Slow to Anger - Part 1What does it mean to be slow to anger? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt immediately angry? YES/NO What were some of the emotions or feelings that you had inside of you? What did you want to do when you felt that way? The Bible has a lot to say about being angry. Did you know that being angry is not a sin? YES/NO, However, what we do with our anger is what we need to be concerned about. Often we sin with our actions when we are angry. In your, Bible finds Ephesians 4:26. The apostle, Paul, wrote this book of the Bible. What does Paul tell us not to do when we are angry? We are about to go on a study of what God’s word tells us about being angry. Being angry is something that I struggle with in my own life. This short Bible study isn’t going to give us all of the answers from the Bible on anger but I hope to learn a few things on how to control my anger and to learn to be slow to anger. I hope you can learn a few things too! Let’s begin by looking up James 1:19-20 (the book of James is almost at the end of the New Testament). Find and read James 1:19. What are 3 things that James says everyone must do? For this Bible study, we are going to especially study the third thing that James said we should be….SLOW TO ANGER!What do you think it means to be slow to anger? What is the opposite of being slow? James 1:19 tells us how to be a person who is slow to anger. What does James tell us to be quick to do? Sometimes we show that we are quick to anger by what we say. We don’t take the time to slow down and think about what we are going to say; instead, we just speak.James 1:19 says to be slow to anger and slow to do what else? Why do you think James tells us to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger? Now look at and read James 1:20 James 1:19-20 gives us some great guidelines in learning how to be slow to anger. This is definitely a passage we want to memorize. Take a few minutes and write James 1:19- 20 on a piece of paper or note card and then work on memorizing it! God wants us to live a righteous life in Him. However, our own quick tongue and quick anger can stand in the way of living the righteous life that He desires for us. We need to learn ways to be slow to anger! On another piece of paper, write "how to be slow to anger..." on top and number it 1 through 11. As we work through this Bible study, we will add ways we can be slow to anger. In our reading today, James gave us two good things to do to be slow to anger. The first one is to be quick to hear. What is the second thing James told us to do? Write down both of these on your How to Be Slow to Anger… page. Before we continue with this Bible study, I want you to understand that until you ask Jesus to be your own LORD and Savior, you have no hope of living a righteous life with God. Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. Every one of us is separated from God by sin. Jesus took that sin upon Himself and died on the cross so that we could have a relationship with God. It is through Jesus, and through Jesus alone, that any of us can live a righteous life. If you have already asked Jesus to be your LORD and your Savior, thank Him now for being your way to a righteous life. In the next lesson, we will start learning ways to be slow to anger. If you have not accepted Jesus to be your LORD and your Savior, there is only one thing you can do to live a righteous life. It will not matter if you are the most patient person. It will not matter if you never get angry. It will not matter if you read the entire Bible; you still will not have a right relationship with God. Jesus, Himself, said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can go to the Father but through me.” The only thing you can do to have a righteous life is to ask Jesus to be your Savior. If you are ready to accept Jesus, all you have to do is pray to Him and ask Him to be your LORD and your Savior. After you have done this, please tell someone and ask them for help in learning more about your new Savior.
Nara I was wondering what happened to them. I was sending them over to a friend. 2 weeks ago
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Oren This is a good study. 2 weeks ago
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Hatita Thank you both for re-posting these. 2 weeks ago
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"THE BOOK OF JOB"

The Great Debate: Third Cycle Of Speeches (22-31)

OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS SECTION

1) To examine the conclusion of the "great...
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Jael I have printed all of this out. Thank you for these good study so far. 5 months ago
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"THE BOOK OF JOB"

The Great Debate: Second Cycle Of Speeches (15-21)

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1) To observe the progress of the "great...
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"THE BOOK OF JOB"

The Great Debate: First Cycle Of Speeches (4-14)

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1) To examine the counsel of Job's friends,...
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Barzilai Yes very good sister. I have printed them all out we are using these in our study of Job we started last week! 5 months ago
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Abdiel Amen thank you! 5 months ago
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"THE BOOK OF JOB"

The Great Debate: First Cycle Of Speeches (4-14)

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1) To examine the counsel of Job's friends,...
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Hagar Love these Shannon. 5 months ago
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"THE BOOK OF JOB"

Job's Soliloquy (3)

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1) To consider Job's soliloquy, which starts the "great controversy"...
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Joanna This is an excellent study guide! 5 months ago
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Yolanda Bacchus Amen Sis! 5 months ago
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"THE BOOK OF JOB"

Prologue - Job Is Tested (1-2)

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Yolanda Bacchus Great share Sis! 5 months ago
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Shalom to all!!! Jerry is in Jerusalem till tomorrow and will return to the community on Monday. As requested we will start a study on the Book of Job... Show more

Eleora Thank you for the PDF easy to print! 5 months ago
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Shannon You are welcome!!! 5 months ago
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