Jesus modeled for us in scripture life and ministry! He showed us the mission, He was the model, and He gave us the methods on how to make disciples in John 17.
is Our Model
Dr. Dann Spader
It almost seems strange to have to address the issue of Jesus being our model. But unfortunately, it has been my experience that so many people think of Jesus as Super Human.
He may look human on the outside, but like Clark Kent, when He goes into a phone booth He comes out as Super Man. This view of Jesus is heresy and was shot down at the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. as a faulty view of Jesus.
Jesus was not Super Human… he was fully human. And that difference has major implications for us as Christ followers, especially as we think about what it means to “walk as He walked” (I John 2:6) and “do what He did” (John 14:12).
The Scriptures are clear; Jesus was fully God (Col 2:9). He claimed to be God (John 8:58, Phil 2:6) and received worship as God (Matt 28:17). Equally clear was His humanity. He possessed all the qualities of humanness except sin (I Peter 2:22, I John 3:5). He suffered, wept, got tired, hungered, was born and learned. He shared in our humanity and had to be made like us in every way (Hebrews 2:14,17). The implications of this are profound, especially as we seek to walk, live and disciple Like Jesus.
A Few Implications
1. Jesus did not dip into his deity to live out his humanity.
Hebrews 2 tells us that He had to be fully human to make atonement for our sins.
2. The resources that were available to Jesus are the same resources available to us.
Jesus fully and perfectly tapped into all these resources given to man… the Word, prayer, and the Holy Spirit.
3. We often underestimate what God wants to do through us.
Over six times in the upper room discourse, Jesus told us to just “ask”. (John 16:24)
Assimilation vs. Disciple-making
Pastor & Disciplemaker
Most churches have an assimilation pathway but lack a disciple-making pathway.
A disciple-making pathway shows your people where they are and where they are going on their spiritual formation journey. A true disciple-making pathway creates a clear picture to foster spiritual growth in their relationship with Christ and making disciples.
For most churches today, their main (or only) pathway is one of assimilation. On an assimilation pathway, a person typically attends a new members class, finds an area to serve in the church, continues serving and attending, and hopefully grows spiritually. This assimilation pathway isn’t bad, but we can’t stop there. We must clearly define a disciple-making pathway and lead people through it.
In our Mission module (4 Chair Discipling) we look at the mission and pathway Jesus showed us in the New Testament, how to be a disciple and make disciples:
Seeker —> Believer —> Worker —> Disciple-maker
A Disciple-making pathway casts vision and guides each person from learning how to grow in their faith from learning to repent, pray for the lost, share the Good News of Jesus, and reproduce the life of Christ in new disciples. Jesus commanded all of us to do this in the Great Commission and our ministries and churches can build movements of multiplication.