O.J. Gibson

Step 11: World Vision and God's Eternal Plan

The believer needs to see his or her life in terms of God’s eternal plan for success. He needs a vision for a lost world for whom Christ died (John 3:16).  He needs a vision to witness diligently, seeing the many on “the road to destruction.”  He needs a vision for the mission field, beyond the immediate surroundings or even nationalistic narrowness.  One can go there personally by God’s call or support missionaries by prayer, gifts of money, and letters of en...

Step 7: The Disciple's Commitment to Servanthood

“I am among you as He that serveth,” said our Lord (Luke 22:27).  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 NASB).  The Father said of Him by the mouth of Isaiah, “Behold, my servant” (Isaiah 42:1).  He is the model servant.  The Gospel of Mark so presents Him. In the world there is the constant striving for preeminence.  The competition is for first place, self-elevation. ...

Step 10: Setting Spiritual Goals with Eternal Values

This means exactly what it says.  Every successful endeavor, divine or human, ordinarily comes from specific goals or purposes in the minds of those who set them, mentally or preferably in writing.  Goals extend from the uttermost good of achieving God’s eternal purposes in His Son. When the believer can define his goals in life, he can pursue them “with a single eye.”  If he chooses to devote his life to the things of the eye and senses in this life, rather tha...

Step 5: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 3

This will include the need for vision in disciple making and the best use of time. A list of " time wasters" and " time savers" will be in the lesson discussion. There needs to be a genuine vision for disciple making. Here's God's word about this: Prov. 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Like any important understanding it takes vision goes beyond the present see God's plan and perfection. Matt. 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples ...

Step 4: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 2

Selecting a Disciple It is important for disciplers to seek out and select the best possibilities for training in discipleship. What kind of person is he or she now? How can that person be expected to most effectively assist others? Can they identify problems or hindrances? What are the do's and don'ts? Consider a goal sheet; also the living example of the Lord Jesus. Primarily, five things should be in view even if imperfectly developed. 1. Is this person "sold out to Christ," a comm...

Step 6: Multiplication in Discipleship

God's command to man is "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28). It is an essential quality of our life. This comes down to His desire that His followers multiply and bear much fruit (John 15:1-8). In His last words on earth the Lord Jesus commanded that His disciples go forth to all the earth preaching His word. Thus He reinforced His Great Commission in Matt. 28:19 to go forth and "make disciples." That is what He did on earth (Luke 6:13-16, 10:1). That is what His disciples did after...

Step 2: Disciple-Making

This is the process of moving a convert from initial follow-up to being a mature follower of the Lord Jesus. "Disciples are made, not born" (Matt. 28:19). Disciples are made by other disciples. It is the Lord's command: "Go you into all the world and make disciples" (Matt 28:19). It is called "The Great Commission," and it goes beyond sending missionaries to foreign fields. It is for all believers wherever they are and for all churches to follow its directives. It involves the assis...

Step 1: Follow-Up

This expression is not common to other languages. It refers to the process of helping newborn babes in Christ (I Thess 2: 7-12, I Peter 2:2, I Corinthians 3:1). It may also be needed with those who after their profession of faith in Christ did not receive this help. Doctors who help infants after birth are called pediatricians (baby doctors). Follow-up is "spiritual pediatrics." New babies, physical or spiritual, have several common needs; both need simple initial foods, like milk. Paul ...

Introduction to Thirteen Steps in Building Disciples

There are a number of steppingstones between a believer's conversion and a mature, fruitful life. We enumerate here 13 steps, with explanatory notes and suggestions on the road to being what Jesus called, a "true disciple." Believers are called to be disciples. How can this be accomplished? There are 13 things that should be laid before each believer who aspires to be a true disciple. Those who assist them should touch on each point. Here is an outline of each of these points. 1...

Step 3: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 1

This means giving attention to what we should be doing more effectively - as well as helping others. It may involve better devotional times, better prayer life, better time use, improvement in setting daily priorities, more effective witnessing, and character development. We can make a great beginning but not be a strong finisher. The Lord was a strong finisher. He exemplified (John 17:4). The apostle Paul also was one who said, "I have finished my course"(II Tim 4:7) We must te...
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