Doubling Groups #1: The Mandate
Good Questions: These Lessons Have Groups Talking
by Josh Hunt www.joshhunt.com
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1. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to
me. 28:19 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, 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew
I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish. 1:15 So I am
eager to preach the good news to you also who are in Rome. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the
gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and
also to the Greek. 1:17 For in it God's righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is
written: The righteous will live by faith. Romans 1:14-17 (HCSB)
Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 (NIV)
2. You might ask when everyone is finished: what if they hadn't shared? Where would you be?
3. Obviously, the point is that these are Jesus' last words and must have been crucially important to Jesus.
4. Only one: make disciples.
5. Learner; student.
6. No. What he told us to do was make disciples, not, "everyone go out and witness and hope for the best."
7. Going, baptizing, teaching to observe.
8. Two great questions you can ask most every week: what are the benefits of following God? What does it cost if we don't?
9. Obviously God is everywhere and He is with us always. But, I do believe there is a special sense of His presence as we engage in His work in the power of the Holy Spirit.
10. These groups can be Sunday School style groups, independent house churches, home cells, networked house churches, open groups, closed groups. They can be independent small groups, or small groups that are part of a mid-sized group. Some Sunday School classes work this way. They may have 50 in the group, but are composed of smaller care groups of about ten. If you are in a large Sunday School class, this might be the easier path to take.
11. The point is that it is one effective method. Not to say that others are not good methods. This is a good one as well.
12. I often ask groups: if I offered you a million dollars could you get it done? Do you think we could do it if we offered everyone in the group $10,000 to grow from 10 to 14? Could we do it to get sinners out of hell and into heaven? Perhaps you are more Calvinistic than that. Could we do it because Jesus said to?
13. Start: 10
Eighteen months: 20
3 years: 40
4.5 years: 80
6 years: 160
7.5 years 320
9 years 640
Sometime in the 10th year: 1000
14. Surely we could all agree this is one good method.
15. To Greeks and non-Greeks alike, to the wise and the ignorant, I am under obligation;
Romans 1:14 (NAB)
I have a duty to all people--Greeks and those who are not Greeks, the wise and the foolish.
Romans 1:14 (NCV)
For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the
world, to the educated and uneducated alike. Romans 1:14 (NLT)
Then I should like you to know, my brothers, that I have long intended to come to you (but
something has always prevented me), for I should like to see some results among you, as I
have among other Gentiles. I feel myself under a sort of universal obligation, I owe something to
all men, from cultured Greek to ignorant savage. That is why I want, as far as my ability will
carry me, to preach the Gospel to you who live in Rome as well. Romans 1:13-14 (Phillips NT)
For I owe a great debt to you and to everyone else, both to civilized people and uncivilized alike; yes, to the educated and uneducated alike. Romans 1:14 (TLB)
16. One effective method in teaching is the use of the repeated phrase. I would intentionally say it over and over in this section: debt, duty, obligation; debt, duty, obligation.
17. I often hear people speak of the glory of "slow, steady growth." Paul didn't speak of that glory. He spoke of the glory of rapid growth.
18. We repent. We sorrowfully repent. We ask for forgiveness. We receive grace. We bask in grace. And, we go out in the power of the Holy Spirit seeking to do better.