Discipleship – Level 3 Lesson 16

Level 3 Lesson 16

USING EVERYONE’S GIFTS TO DISCIPLE
By Don Krow

Today we want to talk about using everyone’s gifts to disciple. They can be used.
We’ve been working with this discipleship program for many months with great success,
seeing people’s lives changed by being born again, baptized in the Holy Spirit, and water
baptized.  One  day  I  was  talking  to  a  friend  and  said,  “We’re  missing  some  things—
they’re  falling  through  the  cracks.”  He  said,  “I  thought  everything  was  working  great.
What do you mean?”

What I’m going to share with you is how to bring an inward church—where
people just sit, listen to the pastor, and go home—to be an outward church where they
reach beyond the four walls of the church building. These are the real statistics: 95
percent of all Christians have never led anybody to the Lord and 90 percent of
evangelism is directed toward Christians. The church building is the most evangelized
area in the world. We evangelize the Sunday school rooms, and we evangelize the
sanctuary. The way we evangelize the building, you would think the church needs
converting.

It wasn’t until the third century under Constantine that church buildings came into
being. Since that time, as far as reaching out to the lost, the church has gone inward and
hid behind the walls of the church buildings. We want to talk about reaching out beyond
those walls to turn an inward church into an outward church. Statistically, there are only
0.5 percent (less than one percent) of programs that reach beyond the four walls of our
buildings. That says there is no major denomination in the United States today that has a
plan to really reach the lost. Reaching and discipling people outside our church buildings
is a part of Christianity that needs to be rediscovered.

Through the Reformation, Martin Luther brought the revelation of justification
through faith to the church’s attention. In the 1800s, mass evangelism came through John
Wesley. But it seems that personal one-on-one discipling and evangelism has not been
rediscovered since the Apostles. You may say, “I don’t know how.” Through this
program, we definitely will show you how—it’s very easy. We’ll show you how easy it is
to work with people and to meet new people at the door through using your testimony.
This is what I want to focus on now. This is the good news.

How would you like to do just what you want to do, not what somebody else
wants you to do (that you really don’t want to do), but exactly what you want to do?
That’s what we’re talking about. When I show people how Discipleship Evangelism
works, saying, “Look, this is what we’re doing: We’re touching people’s lives. They’re
being saved, born again, filled with the Holy Spirit, and water-baptized.” People say,
“That’s great!” But if I said “Now, how many of you want to go with me,” there would
be maybe three of you out of two hundred, because the rest of them are scared or don’t
know how to do it. Or, if I said, “Now, forget about it. Don’t worry about it; you don’t
226have to be afraid. We’ll go out and get the Bible studies and set up discipleship lessons
for you.” How many would want to teach? There would be more then—about ten or
twelve—saying, “Yes, I want to teach.” But it wouldn’t go beyond that.

What we want to do is show you how every gift in the body of Christ can be used
to reach the lost, to love and disciple them. It will take every gift, and those gifts are
found only in the body of Christ, the local church. Some of you say, “I like to pray for the
baptism of the Holy Spirit, healing, and things like that.” Well, there’s a time in our
discipeship when we can bring you in just for that purpose. Other people say, “I’m not
comfortable with that,” but can you bake a pie? Can you send a card? Can you make a
phone call? Can you paint a fence? Can you baby-sit for a single mom we’re ministering
to and give her an hour to herself so she can get out of the house? Can you do the
practical things? What about intercession? Some of you are called to intercede, to pray.
We’ll show you the people we’re ministering to, give you their names, and you can be
praying and interceding, alone or in groups, for them and for the Discipleship Evangelism
teams that go out each week.

There is room for everyone to reach out to others, to disciple. We have a program
where every gift can be used. We’re developing teams of a teacher and a teacher’s
assistant who go out in a discipleship capacity to minister. Then two people in the helps
ministry come in behind them to do practical things, like giving food, baking a pie, or
calling to see how things are going. We also have people who are interceding for us and
the people we minister to.

Do you know what we’re seeing? We’re seeing God change people’s lives
because they are being pastored and cared for, because His love is being shown to them.
And do you know who is doing the work of the ministry? It’s being done by the ones who
are supposed to do it—the people. Ephesians 4:11 says the apostle, prophet, evangelist,
pastor, and teacher are given to perfect the saints so they can do the work of the ministry.
The church is doing the work of the ministry, not only the man at the front called “the
pastor.” When the pastor teaches and equips the church for works of service and they go
and do them, that is true success.

Let me illustrate. If we declared war on another nation and our president said,
“We lose too many men in war, so I have decided to do away with the army and send just
the generals out there to fight.” The rest of the world would laugh at us, and really that’s
what’s happening. The devil is laughing at us because we have sent the generals, the five-
fold ministry, to do it all. “Let them do it—we’re paying them to do it.” We have failed to
develop an army. God wants to develop that army, and every one of our gifts can be used
in Discipleship Evangelism.

We want to help create an army, equipped with powerful tools to disciple—not
just here in our city—but reaching around the world. It can be done through the tools we
have developed, the discipleship lessons and all of the strategies God has given us.

227  God bless you as everyone comes together to use their gifts to minister to the lost,
to the new believer, and to keep Jesus’ commandment to go and disciple the nations.

Discipleship Questions

1.  The following is a brief description of the way that we put teams together to
evangelize, disciple, and reach the lost. Your church body may sign up for any of these
teams. If you continue with follow up, using all of your gifts to minister, you can bring a
person into the kingdom and onto maturity quickly. The following is a questionnaire that
you are to give to your church members. Then organize teams to do the follow up.

This is what I am interested in doing: (Check one or more)

____ Contacting new people at their door.
____ Teaching discipleship lessons.
____ Intercession: Praying for the lost and the Discipleship Evangelism teams.
____ Giving food or other items to families in need.
____ Contacting others by phone or visitation.
____ Kindness Evangelism: Baking food for others, sending a card, helping in any way
you can.
____ Working with single moms and children.
____ Providing transportation to church, etc.
____Other: I want to ______________________________________________________

2.  The following is a sample of a discipleship follow up form that is to be used after
teaching a discipleship lesson. This form will show the pastor or those in authority how
many lessons have been taught and the results in each study.

Discipleship Follow-Up Results Form

Date of visit/lesson:

Person(s) teaching the lesson:

Name(s) of persons being visited/taught:

Location of presentation:

Subject of Lesson:

How did this study go?
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________
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3.  Read James 1:22. If we just hear God’s Word but never put it into practice, what have
we done? _______________________________________________________________

4.  Read Matthew 7:24-27. In order to be a wise man, we must not only hear the sayings
of Jesus, but we must do what? ______________________________________________

5.  Read Ephesians 4:11-12. Who is to do the work of the ministry?
________________________________________________________________________

6.  Read Acts 8: 1, 4. Who went everywhere preaching the Word?
________________________________________________________________________

7.  Read Acts 8:1, 4. Who did not go everywhere preaching the Word?
________________________________________________________________________

8.  Read Acts 11:19-22. In the early New Testament church, the believers did the work of
the ministry, and it was followed up by apostolic leadership and instruction. In our
churches today, it’s the leadership that starts things and the believers then follow. How
does Acts 11:19-22 verify this statement?
________________________________________________________________________

9.  Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-18. Each part of the body of Christ is necessary. We should
not compare ourselves among ourselves. Rather, total commitment to Christ is not doing
everything but doing what God has equipped you to do. What will you do with the
information you’ve received in this lesson?
________________________________________________________________________

Scriptures to Use with Questions

James 1:22 – “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own
selves.”

Matthew 7:24-27 – “[24] Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: [25] And the
rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and
it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. [26] And every one that heareth these sayings
of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house
upon the sand: [27] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Ephesians 4:11-12 – “[11] And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; [12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the
work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

229Acts 8:1, 4 – “[1] And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a
great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered
abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. [4] Therefore
they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.”

Acts 11:19-22 – “[19] Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that
arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the
word to none but unto the Jews only. [20] And some of them were men of Cyprus and
Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the
Lord Jesus. [21] And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed,
and turned unto the Lord. [22] Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the
church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as
Antioch.”

1 Corinthians 12:14-18 – “[14] For the body is not one member, but many. [15] If the
foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the
body? [16] And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it
therefore not of the body? [17] If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If
the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? [18] But now hath God set the
members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.”

Answer Key

1.  The following is a brief description of the way that we put teams together to
evangelize, disciple, and reach the lost. Your church body may sign up for any of these
teams. If you continue with follow up, using all of your gifts to minister, you can bring a
person into the kingdom and onto maturity quickly. The following is a questionnaire that
you are to give to your church members. Then organize teams to do the follow up.

This is what I am interested in doing: (Check one or more)

____ Contacting new people at their door
____ Teaching discipleship lessons
____ Intercession: Praying for the lost and the Discipleship Evangelism teams
____ Giving food or other items to families in need
____ Contacting others by phone or visitation
____ Kindness Evangelism: Baking food for others, sending a card, helping in any way
you can.
____ Working with single moms and children
____ Providing transportation to church, etc.
____Other: I want to ______________________________________________________

2.  The following is a sample of a discipleship follow up form that is to be used after
teaching a discipleship lesson. This form will show the pastor or those in authority how
many lessons have been taught and the results in each study.

230Discipleship Follow-Up Results Form

Date of visit/lesson:

Person(s) teaching the lesson:

Name(s) of persons being visited/taught:

Location of presentation:

Subject of Lesson:

How did this study go?
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________

3. Read James 1:22. If we just hear God’s Word but never put it into practice, what have
we done? We have deceived ourselves.

4.  Read Matthew 7:24-27. In order to be a wise man, we must not only hear the sayings
of Jesus, but we must do what? We must do them.

5.  Read Ephesians 4:11-12. Who is to do the work of the ministry? The saints, not a
certain class of people referred to as clergy.

6.  Read Acts 8: 1, 4. Who went everywhere preaching the Word? The believers that
were scattered abroad.

7.  Read Acts 8:1, 4. Who did not go everywhere preaching the Word? The apostles. We
see from this that the early New Testament church were the ones responsible for
discipleship and evangelism.

8.  Read Acts 11:19-22.  In the early New Testament church, the believers did the work
of the ministry, and it was followed up by apostolic leadership and instruction. In our
churches today, it’s the leadership that starts things and the believers then follow. How
does Acts 11:19-22 verify this statement? The church heard of the conversion of new
believers and sent Barnabas to go and help them (verse 22).

2319.  Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-18. Each part of the body of Christ is necessary. We should
not compare ourselves among ourselves. Rather, total commitment to Christ is not doing
everything but doing what God has equipped you to do. What will you do with the
information you’ve received in this lesson? Hopefully, putting it into practice by going
out and using my gifts to help others.

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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