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STRIKEPOINT Week 1: Deeper Discipleship
by Major Lauren Hodgson, Chip Kelly, and Chris Stoker

Opening:

Discuss these questions with your group before watching the video to get you thinking about today’s topic.

  1. What do you do when you are hungry?
  1. Besides food, are we hungry for anything else in our lives?
  1. How do you know when you are spiritually depleted or run down?

Watch the Video:
“The SA took care of me, they gave me a box of food, they cared for me. Why not do what I am doing? I am motivated by the love of God, but I am not the producer of that love – somebody poured that love in me.”

Captain Gerardo Balmori

In the video Captain Balmori outlines a straightforward approach to discipleship.

  • Identify the Need

o   He needed some food and someone shared it in Jesus name.

  • Meet the Need

o   After people get saved many people ask, what is next?

  • Share it with Others

o   I need to do this because I am propelled by the love of the Gospel.

Discipleship has been defined as “The process by which we conform to the image of Christ for the sake of others.” Robert Mulholland, Invitation from a Journey

  1. Do the examples in the video line up with this definition and/or the three points above?
  1. A healthy disciple has to be able to identify what they need to grow on this journey. In the video they discuss a few ways the Bronx Tremont corps tries to help in this process.
  • A disciple knows they are hungry

o   Marriage Enrichment group

o   Open Windows Teen Group

  • Knows where to find healthy foods

 

“Somebody took the time to share the gospel with me, they opened the bible, they opened their hearts.”

o   Get connected in a small group

o   Personal Study of the word:

  • Feeds others healthy foods

“If I spend time discipling others and training others for ministry, then I will multiply my influence in many other people…so I can extend my arms to and reach more people for the gospel – this is biblical.”

o   Open Windows teen group helping each other

Application:

Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

This passage describes the first-century model of discipleship.

o   Devoted to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship together

o   Serving one another and meeting needs

o   Gathering regularly

o   Growing in favor and numbers

It embodies the definition of discipleship shared earlier in this session: “The process by which we conform to the image of Christ for the sake of others.

Personal Application: Take a moment to think about your own discipleship; resist minimizing it to a program and think of the process. Reflect further by filling in the chart below for yourself.

What’s my spiritual diet now? What is unhealthy in my spiritual life now? What healthy things am I missing? How do I feed others?
   

 

Congregational Application: Take a few moments to discuss together the questions below as you consider discipleship in a larger context at your corps.

How are people discipled in our corps? Are there obstacles keeping us from discipling? What healthy things am I missing? How can we feed others? What are our first steps?  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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