Anglican Church Of Nigeria Weekly Sunday School/ Bible Studies Manual For November 3, 2019 : TOPIC – Programmes of Christian Discipleship (curriculum .)
Study 3/32 November 3 Trinity 20
SUB THEME : GODLY LEADERSHIP AND CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP.
TOPIC : Programmes of Christian Discipleship (curriculum .)
TEXT : Matt.28:19-20 .
i. identify and understand the different stages of Christian discipleship
ii. recognize the appropriate instruments for Christian discipleship ;
iii. understand the programmes for Christian discipleship and help the Church
improve on her discipleship efforts.
The need for an effective discipleship programme in the Church has been felt
by many. What is however, lacking or absent is understanding what is
Christian discipleship, and how to do (prosecute) it. The Great Commission in
Matt. 28:19-20 maps the methods to adopt. This study will therefore attempt
to clarify these methods.
1. Explain your understanding of ‘programmes for Christian Discipleship ’.
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2. Discuss the different stages in a discipleship development programme as
a. Invitation/Fishing stage – John 1:38-40; Matt.4:19; Luke 5:9-11 .
b. Basic Level (for establishing a disciple) – H eb. 5:12-6:1; 1 Peter 2:2 .
c. Intermediate level (for strategic empowerment for service) Mark 3:14; 8:
d. Advanced level (for envisioning and maturity: raising servant leaders) –
John 4:34-35; 6:38; 21:15-18 .
3. Identify and explain the essential means for an effective discipleship
programme from: 2 Tim.4:2; Mark 3:14; 1 Cor.4:16; Matt.28:20;
Prov.22:6; Acts 15:36; 2 Tim.3:14; 2 Peter 3:18 a.
4. From the above, what do you see as the weak link in the Church’s
discipleship efforts/system today, and how can we improve?
CONCLUSION : The Great Commission is actually a command to do
discipleship. Our lack of will and zeal turns the ‘Great Commission’ to a ‘great
omission’; and in some instances, a chance occurrence. But often, ignorance of
the ‘how’ and negative lifestyles of expected disciple makers have made the
church largely ineffective. However, something really great can start right now,
if we are willing!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT : A lack of curriculum reduces discipleship to chance
occurrence in the Church.