- Is the idea of discipling someone exciting, scary, or somewhere in-between? Why? What obstacles can keep us from obeying the Great Commission?
- As Chris mentioned in the video, who is in your wake? Who will carry on the gospel message after you go to heaven?
- The idea of heavenly rewards in Scripture mainly describes three things: 1) honor before God (Matt 25:23), 2)the right to rule with Christ (2 Tim 2:11), and 3) the people who are in heaven because of how God used us in this life (Phil 4:1, 2 Thes 2:19). Have you ever thought about this third one? How should this truth affect our daily living? Making disciples was our command to bring the gospel to the world. Since this is our command and our reward is in heaven, can this R3 Group stay together forever? How do you feel about multiplication?
- Do you believe that God can and wants to use you in the lives of others? Why or why not?
- For other group members to answer for you: What do you have to offer someone else? What makes you indispensable to the Body of Christ?
- Have you asked God to show you some potential people to train into disciple-makers? If so, who is He revealing to you? Will you commit to praying for them? (Luke 5:1-11)
- R3 has two objectives: to help you become a better follower of Christ and a better fisher of men (or women). Has this R3 Group helped you follow Christ better? Our heart is not to take the benefit of this group from you, but rather we want you to take this benefit to others in a new R3 Group after Meeting 24. At this point, how do you feel about becoming an R3 Leader?
“19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.“
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
2 Timothy 2:1-2
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
1 Corinthians 11:1
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
The Masterplan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman & Billy Graham
The Complete Book of Discipleship: On Being and Making Followers of Christ by Bill Hull
As Iron Sharpens Iron by Howard Hendricks & William Hendricks
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God in the Marketplace by Henry T. Blackaby
Building a Discipling Culture by Mike Breen
The Equipping Church by Sue Mallory
Practicing Greatness by Reggie McNeal
Disciples are Made Not Born by Walter Henrichsen
The 7 Principles of an Evangelistic Life by Douglas M. Cecil & Howard G. Hendricks
You want to walk away from your R3 group with an action step every time. These are ONLY examples of an action step. By no means are they required. Please feel free to (and seek to) come up with your own. The goal of R3 is to take realistic steps forward together. Please only choose one step and be prepared to report back to your group on how you did the next time you meet.
- Begin to pray about becoming an R3 Leader, for the purpose of R3 is to make disciples.
- If you have kids, they are your primary disciples. Spend time with your children individually to invest into them truth that God has put on your heart for them. Spend the first 50% of your time talking with them. Spend the last 50% sharing truth with them.
- Reach out to a younger believer of the same gender and invite them to enjoy a meal with you. Seek to enter into a relationship with them through your next R3 group, Bible Fellowship, monthly lunch meetings, etc.