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Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes
Session One: An Introduction
A Ten Week Study on
You Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less
by Josh Hunt www.joshhunt.com

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Matthew 28:16 -- 20

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

 

OPEN

  1. I would like for each of you to share your name, what city you were born in, and one thing you have going for yourself as a teacher.

DIG

  1. If you have ever heard a sermon on this passage, or taught a lesson yourself, you have noted that there is one main verb in the command we call the Great Commission, as well as three supporting participles. As I read this slowly listen for the main command and the supporting commands.(1)
  2. Let's set this verse in its context. What has happened over the past several weeks with Jesus and the disciples? How are the disciples feeling about Jesus?
  3. How do you think Jesus is feeling about going back to be with the father?
  4. Notice verse 17 teaches us that the Great Commission was given to the church in an atmosphere of worship. Do you think worship has anything to do with evangelism, discipleship and church growth?
  5. When it says, "some doubted," do you think they doubted Christ, or doubted themselves?(2)
  6. How does, "All authority has been given to me" relate to the rest of the command? Why did Jesus preface his command with this statement? What does Jesus' authority have to do with the command?
  7. At the heart of the command is one main verb. What is it?
  8. Notice that Jesus did not say, "Make converts of all nations." Why is this significant?(3)
  9. What is a disciple?(4)
  10. How are disciples made? Describe the process that God normally use to change a beer-drinking, partying, womanizing heathen into a praying, God-fearing, on-fire-for-God disciple. Let's get into some detail in describing this process.
  11. How did you come to faith and become a disciple? What process did God use to bring you to faith? What were the major influences that brought you to maturity?
  12. In the Greek, the word translated "Go" is one of three participles. This means that it is not the main, imperative verb. Still, do you think Jesus implied any imperative force in this? Are we to go intentionally making disciples, or, as some have put it, "Being as you are going anyway. . ."?(5)
  13. What are some examples of ways believers intentionally go to make disciples?(6)
  14. Why is baptism important to the disciplemaking process? What does baptism do for the disciple?
  15. What did your baptism mean to you?
  16. Let me read a misquote of this verse. See if you can catch where I misquote the verse. "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, And teaching them everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."(7)
  17. What is the difference between "teaching" and "teaching to obey?"
  18. What does this suggest about the teaching you do next Sunday morning?
  19. Would you say the teachers you have heard during your life have concentrated on "teaching" or "teaching to obey"?
  20. In this course we will be talking about making disciples though the Sunday School.(8) What are some other tools that God uses to make disciples.(9)
  21. How is this Sunday School? What strengths do we have as an organization?
  22. Why are some Sunday School classes ineffective in being obedient to the Great Commission?(10)
  23. Do you think the Sunday School can be an effective means of fulfilling the Great Commission?(11)
  24. We will be talking about this for the next several weeks, but let us preview here. What is it going to take for us to be obedient to the Great Commission through our Sunday School.

CLOSING

  1. Let's begin by becoming willing. I wonder if you would join me in a prayer of commitment. Let us repent as we pray of disobedience to this command. Let us receive forgiveness and grace. Let us ask God to empower us to do what he told us to do. Let us commit ourselves again to being obedient to this command. Let's pray. Would you join me in a time of conversational prayer? I invite each of you to pray as we bow our heads together.

ASSIGNMENT

  1. As we leave, let me challenge you to do two things: 1) memorize the Great Commission, and 2) do some reading in You Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less.


Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes

Session Two: Quality is More Important than Quantity



ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. Did you have any new people in class today? Did you have anyone in class that has not been there in a long time? Did you make any progress in assimilating any new people this week?
  2. Did anyone work on memorizing the Great Commission? Who can say it?

Matthew 28:16 -- 20

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

OPEN

  1. As we begin, I would like for each of you to share your name and how you came to be involved in the ministry of teaching.

DIG

  1. We touched on this theme last week, and I want us to pick it up in some more detail this week. Note that Jesus commanded us to make disciples, not mere converts. What is a disciple?(12)
  2. How many of your students are living the disciple's life at this time? Say, out of every ten students you have, how many would you say are living the disciple's life?

John 8:31

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples."

  1. Let's look at three verses that speak to what a disciple is. First, John 8:31. Let's all look up this verse. What does this verse teach us about what a disciple is?
  2. Who was Jesus speaking to in this verse?(13)
  3. What does it mean to "hold to" Jesus' teachings?(14) Anyone have some other translations that shed light on this verse?
  4. By implication, what if you are not at home in Jesus' teachings, and at home in the Bible? Are you a disciple?

John 13:35

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

  1. Let's all look up John 13:35. According to this verse, what is a second characteristic of a disciple?
  2. How would outsiders know whether we love each other or not? What evidence would they see of love?
  3. What things that we do would cause people to say, "Boy, do those people love each other!"
  4. Do you think anyone says that about our church? Do you think the world sees us as a hothouse of love?(15)
  5. What are some things you have seen churches do over the years to cause the world to doubt whether we are really Christ's disciples?
  6. What impact do you think it would have on a church's growth if the world saw us and said, "Man, I don't know if I agree with everything they believe, but I will say this, they are the most loving group of people I have ever known." Do you think that would impact a church's growth?
  7. Let's review. What are the first two characteristics of a disciple?

John 15:7, 8

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

  1. Now, let's look up John 15:7, 8. What do these verses teach us about what kind of people Jesus commanded us to make when he gave us the Great Commission?
  2. What does it mean to bear fruit?
  3. Is bearing fruit about evangelism and reproduction, or is it about bearing the fruit of the Spirit?(16) (Galatians 5:22)
  4. How many of your students are fruit-bearing disciples?
  5. I come back and ask again, according to the three criteria we have looked at today, how many of your students are living Jesus' definition of the disciple's life

CLOSING

  1. Would you again pray with me and recommit your life to the cause of making disciples-- not mere converts, but fully functioning, mature, fruit-bearing, loving, at-home-in-the-Word disciples. Let's pray conversationally and recommit ourselves to that Goal.

ASSIGNMENT

Again, let me ask you to memorize the Great Commission and do some reading in You Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less.

 


Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes
Session Three: Principle One is Just Barely True
Quantity Also Matters



Matthew 28:16 -- 20

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."



ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. What have your learned in this course so far? Is anyone reading the book? What have you learned from the book?
  2. How is it coming in memorizing the Great Commission? Let me ask two or three of you to take a stab at quoting it.

OPEN

  1. Let's begin again by each one introducing ourselves. Share your name and one thing you really like about teaching.

DIG

  1. We talked last week about the "quality" issue of the Great Commission-- that is, the idea that Jesus told us to make disciples rather than mere converts. This week, I would like us to look at the other side-- the quantity issue. Someone read through the Great Commission again. Look for the reference to the quantity of disciples.
  2. Do you think God is pleased with a church that produces very deep, mature disciples, but the church never grows, never reaches anyone, never does much evangelism?
  3. What condition does Jesus give to being with us always?
  4. Does this mean that he is not with us always if we are not about the business of making disciples?(17)

Acts 6:7

So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

II Thessalonians 3:1

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.

  1. How does Acts 6:7 describe the spread of the gospel?
  2. What was Paul's prayer request in 2 Thessalonians 3:1?
  3. Let me make a bold statement. You tell me if you agree or disagree: Every church should pray for, work for and expect the rapid expansion of the gospel.
  4. In America, the church has been at a standstill for an entire generation. While many churches have grown, this progress has been more than offset by plateaued and declining churches. What is the difference between us and the early church? Why did the early church enjoy rapid growth, while we have been stagnant?
  5. Anyone know anything about the situation overseas? How is the church growing outside of America in this generation?(18)
  6. Something like 75% of American churches are either plateaued or are declining. Why do you think this is?
  7. Have any of you had experience in a really fast-growing church? Share with the group what it was like.
  8. Some argue that too much emphasis on numerical growth can be bad. Is this true? Can numerical growth be over-sold?
  9. Are the goals of numerical growth and spiritual-depth growth antithetical to each other? Must one come at the expense of the other, or do they mutually enhance each other?
  10. The title of this course is "You Can Double Your Class In Two Years or Less." Where would our denomination be in ten years if every class in our denomination doubled every two years or less?
  11. Where would our church be in ten years if every class were to double every two years or less?
  12. How fast does a class have to grow in order to double ever two years or less? Suppose they had ten this week. Where would they need to be in a year to be on pace to double?(19)
  13. Do you think it would be hard for a class to go from 10 to 14 in one year?
  14. Do you think doubling every two years or less will be hard?
  15. What are the obstacles to doubling your class every two years or less?
  16. In the book, Josh challenges groups to a slightly higher goal: to thoroughly assimilate one new couple per quarter. Can anyone recall the definition that Josh uses for a thoroughly assimilated person?(20)
  17. I want to challenge you to this same goal: to thoroughly assimilate one new couple per quarter. Let's explore this challenge.
  18. Tell me about some new people you have in your group-- people who are on the "fringes." What would it take to make them feel included in your group?
  19. How was it for you when you visited this church? Did you find it easy to make your way in, socially, or did you have to push your way in?
  20. I'd like to lead us in a prayer of commitment. I would like to invite you to join me in recommitting my life to obedience to the Great Commission. I believe we can do it through groups that are doubling every two years or less. I want to be a part of such a movement of God. Would you join me? Let's pray.

 


Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes
Session Four: Teach a Halfway Decent Lesson Each and Every Week; Nothing Less Will Do(21)

Acts 18:24 - 26

Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.



ACCOUNTABILITY

  • How is it coming in memorizing the Great Commission?
  • Have you done any reading in the book? What have you gotten out of it?

Acts 18:24 - 26

OPEN

  • I'd like to begin by asking each of you to share your favorite verse in the Bible and why it is your favorite verse.(22)

DIG

  1. As we read this text, look for some things Apollos had going for him.
  2. What weaknesses did he have?
  3. What quality did he have that enabled him to compensate for his weaknesses?(23)
  4. How would you rate yourself on this? Do you love to study and learn, or do you tend to rest on past knowledge?(24)
  5. Look at that middle phrase on how Apollos spoke. What two qualities do you find?(25)
  6. Why are each of these important? Let's start with accuracy. Why is it important?
  7. Why is fervor important?
  8. Who is an example of someone you know that teaches with both these qualities.
  9. Rate yourself on each of these. How would you rate yourself on accuracy and fervor, say, on a scale from one to ten.(26)
  10. Suppose someone were to ask you how you cultivate fervor as a teacher. How would you respond?
  11. Suppose you are not sure of the accuracy of something you are about to teach. How would you handle that?

APPLY

  • What is one thing you could improve about your teaching this week?

 


      Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes
      Session Five: Invite Every Member and Every Prospect to Every Fellowship Every Month

SELECTED VERSES

Acts 1:6 So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"

Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

Acts 2:6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

Acts 2:44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

Acts 2:46 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,

Acts 4:24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. "

Acts 5:12 The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade.

Acts 6:2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. "

Acts 10:24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.

Acts 14:27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.

Acts 15:30 The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.

Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Last week we talked about the importance of doing a good job with our teaching. How would you evaluate yourself this past week? Did you do a half-way decent job? What did you do well? How could you improve

OPEN

  • I'd like to begin by asking each of you to share your name and your first impression of this church. How did we treat you when you were a guest?

DIG

  1. I would like to assign each of you to read out loud one verse from a list I have here. This is the game: let's see who can discover first what all these verses have in common.(27)
  2. The early church was constantly together. Why is it important for the church to be physically together? Let's make a list of reasons.
  3. What happens to believers when they are not together with other believers?
  4. What are believers to do when they come together?

Some more selected verses

Matthew 22:9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.

Matthew 25:38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

Luke 14:12-13 Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

Luke 14:21 "The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'

  1. Let me give you some more verses to look at. Again, look for what these verses have in common.
  2. Why is it important that we invite people?
  3. What are we to invite people to?(28)
  4. In the book You Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less, Josh Hunt says, "If we love them, they will come, and they will come to love our Lord." How does loving people encourage them to come to love our Lord?
  5. How is love related to inviting people, having them in our homes and having fellowships together?(29)
  6. Josh uses the slogan, "Invite every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month." Let's say that together.
  7. Is inviting someone to a fellowship an expression of love?
  8. In his book, Josh tells the story of a lady who attended church for a while, then was sick in the hospital for a while, then recovering at home for a while, then came back to class. The whole time she was gone, the class failed to call, write, visit, or make casseroles for this person. What was worse, when she came back no one even acknowledged that she had been gone. Do you think anything like that has ever happened in our church?
  9. How does this kind of thing happen?
  10. How can following the formula "Invite every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month" help us to see that this does not happen to us?
  11. What happens when you invite someone to class and they do not come and this happens over and over and over? How do you feel after while?
  12. How does, "Inviting every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month" help us with this?(30)
  13. Do you have people in your class that would eat this up-- people who would love to plan and organize fellowships and make them happen so you can concentrate on teaching?
  14. What kinds of things does your class like to do?
  15. How long should we keep inviting?(31)
  16. How do you feel about this? Would you be willing to give this a try for the next six months or so?(32)
  17. Here is an assignment I would like to challenge you to take on. Plan one fellowship each month for the next several months. (By the way, we will get into this later, but get as much help as you can. Don't do it all. Get a team to help you.) Let's talk next week about what we have planned.

 


    Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes
    Session Six: Give Friday Nights to Jesus

ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. You may have noticed that the five step process in You Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less forms the acrostic T.I.G.E.R. Who can recall what the five steps are?
  2. How are we coming with planning some fellowships for your group?

Luke 5:29-32

Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

 

OPEN

  • Let's begin by each of us sharing about the most hospitable person we have ever known.

DIG

  1. As we read this passage, look for Levi's strategy for evangelism.
  2. What do you think Levi was thinking about when he planned this "great banquet"? Why did he plan this? What did he hope would happen?
  3. What do you know about tax collectors in the New Testament era? What do you know about this crowd?
  4. Why did Levi invite this crowd for Jesus' party?
  5. What objection did Levi & Jesus receive?
  6. How did Jesus answer?
  7. Is it generally acceptable among "church people" that you know to hang out with pagans?
  8. Are there any dangers in hanging out with pagans?(33)
  9. What are the benefits, evangelistically, to hanging out with lost people?
  10. How can we guard ourselves so that "bad company" does not corrupt us?
  11. Josh applies the principle found in the example of Levi to encourage us to "Give Friday nights to Jesus." What does he mean by this? Who can describe what he has in mind?
  12. Has anyone ever done this? Has anyone ever "held a great banquet" and invited pre-disciples to attend?
  13. Do you know any one in your group that might enjoy doing a ministry like this-- perhaps someone like Levi for whom this kind of ministry just came naturally?

SELECTED VERSES

Romans 12:13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Romans 16:23 Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings. Erastus, who is the city's director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.

1 Tim. 5:10 . . . and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

1 Peter 4:9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

3 John 1:8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.

  1. Let me ask each of you to read one of these verses. As we do, let's look for what they have in common.
  2. Look at 1 Peter 4:9. What is the form of this verse? In other words, is this a parable, or prophesy, or what?(34)
  3. Are we to understand that it is a sin to be disobedient to the command to offer hospitality?
  4. Why do you think Peter adds the phrase "without grumbling"?(35)
  5. Have you ever had people into your home and they gave you reason to grumble?
  6. What are the disincentives for opening your home to guests and friends?
  7. What are the advantages?
  8. Does anyone know what percentage of people Josh had in his home ended up joining the church?(36)
  9. Why do you think people are so responsive to an invitation into our homes?
  10. If we do this, will everyone respond positively?(37)
  11. How many of you would be willing to give "Friday nights for Jesus" a try?(38)

 


Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes
Session Seven: Encourage the Group Toward Ministry

ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. What have you learned so far in this course that has helped you to be a better minister for God?
  2. How are we coming with planning some fellowships for your group?

1 Corinthians 12:1-6, 14-26

1 Corinthians 12:1-6 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

1 Corinthians 12:14-26 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

 

OPEN

  • Let's begin by each of us telling about who most influenced you to get involved in ministry.

DIG

  1. As we read this passage together, look for how the body of Christ is like a physical body.
  2. Why does Paul want the church to not be ignorant of Spiritual gifts?
  3. Do you think most believers today are ignorant or knowledgeable about spiritual gifts? What percentage of believers do you think would be able to say without hesitating, "My spiritual gift is . . ."
  4. How is good for the individual believer to know their gifts?
  5. Why is it good for the church as a whole for everyone to know their gifts?
  6. If people are ignorant about gifts, we as teachers must bear some responsibility. What can we, as teachers do, to stamp out gift-ignorance?
  7. How do people learn their gifts, by taking classes, or by diving in and doing something?(39)
  8. How did you discover your gifts? Did you discover them in a class, or did it happen in the context of ministry?
  9. How can we encourage people to "test-drive: ministry?
  10. Are public appeals an effective means of getting people into ministry? Why or why not?
  11. Is guilt an effective motivator for getting people into ministry? Why or why not?
  12. What are some ways we can encourage people who are already involved in ministry?
  13. Let's approach this from a positive perspective. Can anyone tell me about someone in your class that knows their gifts and is ministering within the context of those gifts?
  14. Can you tell of one person that you helped to discover their gifts? How did you do it?
  15. Who do you have in your class that is ready for ministry?
  16. Do you think they might respond to a personal invitation on your part to join the ranks of those in ministry?
  17. In the book, Josh talks about "election days" as one way of getting people involved in ministry. How does this work?
  18. When we talk about "getting people into ministry," what are we trying to get them to do?(40)
  19. Let's close in this way. I would like for each of you to complete this sentence, "In the next week or two, I want to challenge _____________ to ________________."

 


Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes
Session Eight: Reproduce

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. Did you challenge anyone this week to get involved in the work of the ministry?
  2. How are we coming with planning some fellowships for your group?
  3. How are we doing in "inviting every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month"?

2 Timothy 2:2

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.

DIG

  1. Let's don't just read this verse. Let's memorize it together real quickly.(41)
  2. In what context (where) were the truths that Paul speaks of imparted?(42)
  3. What was Timothy to do with the truth imparted to him?
  4. And what were these people to do?
  5. Suppose everyone did as they were supposed to do. Suppose that these were Sunday School teachers as we think of them. How many groups would exist at the end of this 4 part multiplication chain. Now, we don't know how many faithful men, but suppose each step in the chain reproduced to three faithful men. How many do we get after four generations?(43)
  6. Who was your "Paul"?
  7. Who do you know in your class who has what it takes to be a teacher?
  8. Agree or disagree: sooner or later, growing a group involves saying good-bye. It involves creating a new group. The point of doubling every two years or less is reproduction. The easy part is going from 10 to 20. The hard part is reproduction.
  9. What does Josh mean when he speaks of "the high price of saying good bye"?
  10. Someone look up Acts 20:36-38.(44) Who struggled to say goodbye in this passage?
  11. Has anyone had a negative experience where creating a new group created more harm than good? What went wrong?
  12. Has anyone had a positive experience? What made the difference?
  13. When could you see your group reproducing? Three months? Six months? A year? Two years?
  14. Do you think your group would be an easy place to create new groups, a difficult place to create new groups, or about normal in this regard?
  15. Why is creating new groups so difficult?
  16. What are some principles we can employ in creating new groups?
  17. What are some ways we can work now toward preparing our groups to reproduce?
  18. Would you join me in a prayer of willingness and resolve to be obedient to the principle of 2 Timothy 2:2 in reproducing our groups?
  19. Before we leave, let's quote 2 Timothy 2:2 again.

 


Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes
Session Nine: What Really Keeps Groups From Growing

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. Did you challenge anyone this week to get involved in the work of the ministry?
  2. How are we coming with planning some fellowships for your group?
  3. How are we doing in "inviting every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month"?

SELECTED VERSES

Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

 

OPEN

  1. Who can tell about a time when great growth in a church was halted by a big church fight?

DIG

  1. Let me ask each of you to read one of these verses. When we are finished, I want you to tell me what they have in common.
  2. React to this statement: It is a good thing for a Christian to seek to be as popular as they can be. Agree or disagree? See Romans 12:18.(45)
  3. Agree or disagree: all things being equal our effectiveness for Christ will be directly proportional to how well we are liked by people.(46)
  4. Have you known people (Sunday School teachers) who have such poor people skills that it greatly detracted from their effectiveness in ministry?
  5. I had you read several verses that speak to people skill issues. Look at the verse you read a moment ago. Paraphrase the verse in terms of a principle of people skills.
  6. What are some other key issues related to getting along with others?
  7. How would you evaluate yourself in terms of people skills? Would you say that getting along with others is something that comes naturally for you, or something you struggle with?
  8. Don't answer this one out loud, just think about it: do the people in your class like you?
  9. What strengths do you have with reference to people skills? What are some positive qualities that tend to come naturally for you?
  10. How have you improved your ability to get along with others in years past?
  11. Can you think of any area of life where enhanced people skills would not help you?(47)
  12. What are some ways you could improve your ability to get along with others. I would like for everyone to come up with one answer to this one.
  13. Let's close in prayer, asking God to empower us to be obedient to his command to "as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

 


Leading Your Classes to Double Their Classes
Session Ten: Zeal, the Power for Growth

ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. Did you challenge anyone this week to get involved in the work of the ministry?
  2. How are we coming with planning some fellowships for your group?
  3. How are we doing in "inviting every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month"?

Romans 12:11-13

Romans 12:11-13 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

OPEN

  • Share your name and your favorite dessert. Everyone!

DIG

  1. Let's don't just read this verse. Let's memorize verse 11 together real quickly.
  2. Ok. True confession time. How many of you have been obedient to the command to never be lacking in zeal this week?
  3. Why is zeal important to doubling our classes every two years or less?
  4. Why is it important that you be filled with zeal while you are teaching?
  5. Do you like being ful of zeal? What do you like about it?
  6. If you like being full of zeal, and God wants you to be ful of zeal, why have you and I not been full of zeal all the time this week?
  7. How realistic is it to ask that we "never be lacking in zeal"?
  8. Is your zeal level something you control?
  9. What are some things that rob zeal from you?
  10. What are some things that infuse you with zeal?
  11. Tell us about a time recently when you were filled with zeal.
  12. How would you rate this church, on a scale of 1 to 10, in "never lacking in zeal"?
  13. How would you rate this class, on a scale of 1 to 10, in "never lacking in zeal"?
  14. What would you give yourself for your "Zeal Grade"?
  15. Do the things that we do when we get together-- Bible studies, worship services, fellowships and so forth tend to fill us with zeal, or drain us of zeal?
  16. How can we help each other be constantly filled with zeal?
  17. Let's bow and repent of being luke warm. Let's repent together of lacking zeal. Let's pray that God keeps us constantly filled with zeal for Him.

 


1. The main verb is translated in English, "Make Disciples." The supporting participles are "going, baptizing and teaching to obey." Questions in bold are to be read before the group reads the text.

2. We don't know. My guess is, they doubted themselves.

3. A disciple assumes some maturity in the faith. It is a functioning Christian. A convert is a necessary starting point to this end, but it is not the end. The end is discipleship. We are to make babies, but are never satisfied with mere babies. Jesus told us to make disciples, not converts.

4. The outline I use in Disciplemaking Teachers is summarized below. You may not want to go into this much detail at this time. Just make the point that a disciple is far more than a mere convert. Here is a definition of a disciple that I feel comfortable with.

D - Disciplined in his daily devotional life. A disciple's life is a disciplined life. There is no discipline as important as daily exposure to the word and prayer.

I - Intimate relationships. Growing disciples are involved in several deep relationships that hold them accountable in Christian discipleship.

S - Self esteem. A disciple sees himself as God sees him: a child of God, a soldier, a servant, the righteousness of Christ, and so forth.

C - Corporate worship. Corporate worship is a vital part of the process of creating a mature disciple.

I - Intimate family life. A disciple is a minister. His first ministry is to serve his family. One of the most important jobs of every Sunday School teacher is to produce stronger families.

P - Passion for God. This is a somewhat intangible quality. However, much of what it means to be a disciple is a matter of the heart.

L - Lay ministry. A disciple is involved in ministry in the area of his or her giftedness.

E - Evangelistic concern. Not everyone has the gift of evangelism. However, everyone should be ready, willing and able to share their faith. The heart of the disciple beats for the lost. They should be interested, open and looking for evangelistic opportunities.

S - Sacrificial giving. The disciple's life is a giving life. This means giving of time and money. More than that, it means giving as an attitude of life.

5. My Greek prof taught us that the participle does derive imperative force from the main verb. There is some intentionality to going.

6. The most obvious example is missionaries. As some teach it, missionaries are unnecessary-we should only allow the gospel to spread on the wings of Christian business people and tourists traveling overseas. To go intentionally, some teach, is not necessary. As a missionary's kid, I find this idea incongruent with Jesus' teaching.

7. Did you get it? I left out the words "to obey".

8. Or small home groups. Substitute whatever term you use.

9. I am thinking of things like Billy Graham-style crusades, Christian Radio and TV, and so forth.

10. I will use the phrase consistently "be obedient to the Great Commission." I think you should as well. We need to be clear that this is not about following some plan or implementing some program. This is purely and simply about doing what the Father told us to do. Nothing more. Nothing less. It is non-optional. It is the will of the Father.

11. It is important that we feel the answer to this is "absolutely yes." We seldom do more than we think we can do. Action seldom exceeds faith.

12. Essentially, the word means student, or learner.

13. Believers. Note that Jesus makes a distinction between believers and disciples.

14. The Greek word is the word usually translated "abide." It means to be at home in Jesus' teaching, or, more broadly, at home in the word. For the disciple, the Bible feels as familiar as an old pair of slippers.

15. The Double Your Class approach is all about showing visible love by getting to know each other in real ways, scribbling each other's names on the back of phone books.

16. I think it is both. Whether or not Jesus had both in mind, it is clear, and all will agree we are to do both. That is, we are to do evangelism, discipleship and reproduction, and we are to be marked by the fruit of the Spirit.

17. Perhaps it would be better to say he is with us in a special way when we are about the business of making disciples. Because God is omnipresent, we are never away from God.

18. In most cases, it is growing rapidly. All around the world, in Korea and the Phillippines and Africa the gospel is spreading rapidly.

19. Fourteen, or one person per quarter. Note that this is attendance and it is net gain. Still, I have never sat in a group of ten teachers and have them tell me we couldn't get to 14 in a year if we put our minds to it.

20. Someone whose name is scribbled on the back of half a dozen phone books.

21. For week-by-week teaching helps, see my web page at www.joshhunt.com.

22. Have everyone answer.

23. He was willing to keep growing, learning, studying. Preach a little on the importance of the teacher's continued study.

24. Notice where Paul's priorities were. He would rather be without his winter coat than without his books. "When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments." 2 Tim. 4:13 He was a life long learner. People who have been used greatly by God are people who love to read.

25. Accuracy and fervor.

26. My guess is that most teachers are more accurate than they are fervent.

27. Questions in bold are to be read just before the text is read.

28. To church; to our homes; to our fellowships; to love our God.

29. Love is not an abstract concept. We love the people we do things with. We hang out with the people we love.

30. You can invite someone to every fellowship every month from now until Jesus comes and it will not get awkward. You don't have to invite people to class three times before it gets awkward.

31. We keep inviting until they tell us to stop.

32. By the way, if a class is not in the habit of having fellowships, the first few are going to be pretty boring. Nothing worse than being at a party with a bunch of strangers. After a few fellowships, it will be fun almost no matter what you do, because it is just fun to do things with your friends. This is why I would encourage people to make a commitment to this that goes beyond the first fellowship.

33. 1 Cor. 15:33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." [NIV]

34. A command. It is amazing how much of church growth is nothing more or less than obedience to what God says for us to do.

35. Because they will leave the place a mess at times. They will be rude at times. Fun and games is not all fun and games.

36. 90%

37. No, they won't, and we need to be prepared for that.

38. You might want to offer to do it with your people. At this point, you might want to talk about who could come over when and what your schedules look like and so forth. You might have one or two teachers into your home, along with some recent visitors. Once they get used to doing it with you, they will be more likely to do it on their own.

39. People learn mostly by diving in and trying. Classes and tests can, however, be helpful.

40. In a word, love people. The primary work of the ministry is love. Another perspective is to lead them to help the class to double every two years or less; to use their gifts to grow their group; to use their gifts to invite every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month.

41. Again, questions in bold are to be read before the verses are read.

42. Not one on one. In a group.

43.

GenerationNumber
Paul (1)1
Timothy (2)3
Faithful men (3)9
Others (4)27

44. Acts 20:36-38 When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.

45. This is a great jump-ball question and should stimulate some good discussion. People will trip up on the word popular. Or, they will get into the motive for why you want to be popular. All things being equal, the better people like you, the better you can be used by God.

46. This idea can, of course, be taken too far. The Bible does warn of being man-pleasers.

47. You could argue that doing a task like changing the oil in your car is not related to people skills. However, almost anything we would attempt to do in life is made easier through good people skills.