North Anderson Baptist Church
Go and Make Disciples - Teaching Them
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Our subject this month is “Active Discipleship Making.” What better passage with which to start than the Great Commission, where Jesus not only tells us to go and make disciples or reach people for Christ through salvation. One of the ways you personally can start the process of discipleship making is to lead a soul to the Lord Jesus. That is what Jesus asked us to do, reach someone else for Him. If you don’t have the opportunity to disciple that person then you have to ask God to lead someone to them to complete the process.

Normally if you have led someone to Christ, then take that same person, who is now a Christian, and teach them to follow Jesus, which is discipleship.
**Christians are to be discipleship makers!
**Are You a discipleship maker?
**What does it take to be a discipleship maker? Remember a disciple is a learner or a pupil and in this case to be a Christian disciple one must learn about Jesus and come to know Him in a personal way through growth and maturity.
**What does it take then to be a “discipleship maker?”
One of the major goals of a church should be to grow Christians into the likeness of Jesus; therefore we ask,
**“Are we, as a church, teaching people to become disciples?” **Are we teaching people to become discipleship makers? Our desire is that Christians in this church fellowship can find someone to help them grow into the Christian that God wants them to be: a growing and maturing child of the King, someone who will help another to be the same.
I pray through this year you will be able to learn to grow and mature as a Christian. If you don’t already know how to do go about doing that, but you want to, I hope that you will reach out to someone else whom you see as a mature Christian and ask them to help you become a disciple that will grow and mature this year. If you believe that you are already a growing and maturing disciple for the Lord Jesus, then reach out to others to help disciple them.
Let’s look at the scripture we have in front of us. In verse 20 we see where Jesus tells us that when a person becomes a believer (a disciple) then we are to teach them everything that He has commanded us. How do we do that? There are many ways that the church has been seeking to do that through the many years. One of those ways is to teach the Bible from the pulpit, through preaching. Another way that wise men began to use in the local church was small and large group “school” teaching. We know it as Sunday School.
“The Sunday school movement began in Britain in the 1780s. The Industrial Revolution had resulted in many children spending all week long working in factories. Christian philanthropists wanted to free these children from a life of illiteracy. Well into the 19th century, working hours were long. The first modest legislative restrictions came in 1802. This resulted in limiting the number of hours a child could work per day to 12! This limit was not lowered again until 1844. Moreover, Saturday was part of the regular work week. Sunday, therefore, was the only available time for these children to gain some education.
The English Anglican evangelical Robert Raikes (1725-1811) was the key promoter of the movement. It soon spread to America as well. Denominations and non-denominational organizations caught the vision and energetically began to create Sunday schools. Within decades, the movement had become extremely popular. By the mid-19th century, Sunday school attendance was a near universal aspect of childhood. Even parents who did not regularly attend church themselves generally insisted that their children go to Sunday school. Working-class families were grateful for this opportunity to receive an education. They also looked forward to annual highlights such as prize days, parades, and picnics, which came to mark the calendars of their lives as much as more traditional seasonal holidays.
Religious education was, of course, always also a core component. The Bible was the textbook used for learning to read. Likewise, many children learned to write by copying out passages from the Scriptures. A basic catechism was also taught, as were spiritual practices such as prayer and hymn-singing. Inculcating Christian morality and virtues was another goal of the movement. Sunday school pupils often graduated to become Sunday school teachers, thereby gaining an experience of leadership not to be found elsewhere in their lives. Later reading and writing were learned on weekdays at school and the Sunday school curriculum was limited to religious education.”
Sunday School became the Baptist way to teach the Bible and therefore began the discipleship process. Going deeper meant that you had to attend other opportunities to grow, like the old “Training Union.” Somewhere along the way churches neglected the one-to-one discipleship making for the “class” style. I believe that we have missed so much by not teaching the individual discipleship making process for the Christian church and left it up to the para-church groups that walk alongside the church. (Navigators, Campus Crusade for Christ, etc…)

Jesus gave us a simple job, teach others what He taught us in the Word! Sometimes Sunday Schools do that well and sometimes they don’t do a very good job.

Let me illustrate for you what I mean. How many of you have been in church, hearing messages and attended Sunday School for more than ten years? Could we all agree that in ten years you can learn a lot about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Christian life, the Bible, stewardship, giving, sharing your faith, quiet time, personal study and loving God with all your heart? Shouldn’t you have been able to become a “disciple” and learn enough to teach others as well from all you have learned? You don’t have to raise your hand but you will know in your heart immediately what I mean when I say,
“How many of you are walking with Christ, knowing enough to take another Christian, a new Christian, and teach them the fundamentals of the faith so they may be able to grow?”
If you can’t do it with ten years experience in Sunday School and hearing messages from the pulpit, then how long will it take: 20, 30, 40, 50 plus years? If you have learned enough then why haven’t you begun to disciple others one-to-one?

Hard questions aren’t they? I am not trying to embarrass anyone or put down SS because I am a SS man. What I want for you is to motivate you to go with the information and knowledge about the Bible and the Christian life that you have and disciple someone else. All of us are called to do that not just preachers or Sunday School teachers! I can help you with materials and give you ideas but mostly to encourage you as you try! Sunday School is great, Small Groups are great and small Bible studies are great; all are very valuable. Much learning comes from them all, and you can learn to be a good disciple from that kind of learning. But we can’t deny that Jesus used the one-to-one or one-to-twelve method spending time with selected individuals and shared His life and teachings with them. Many Christians have done this in their lives and maybe you can be encouraged to do it too.
Today my goal is for maturing Christians to choose someone or several others and challenge them to be in a group setting or a relationship with you for a specific period of time to help them grow. (Your end goal is to have those you have discipled to be ready to disciple another.) For those who are not ready to do that, you are challenged to ask someone to disciple you. You know those who you look up to and respect and believe they can help you and you should go to them and ask.

You may be here today and have never professed that you believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life. If so, this is your day! No matter what you are thinking, God loves you and Jesus died for your sins, all your sins, even the unbelief that you can’t be saved or rescued. NOTHING can keep you from the saving grace of God but refusal to surrender to the loving God. God’s grace is free, you can’t do anything, get any better, believe any more or become anything else for God to change you by His grace. He is ready, are you????? Just say, “I surrender my life and take the power out of my hands and place my life into yours today.”
Remember the jailer in the book of Acts, asked Paul and Silas after the earthquake, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” and they replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…”

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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