Session 2, 4, & 5: – (Building a Fruitful Relationship) – (Building a Strong Discipleship Culture) – (I am a witness)
Connect Group Conference Gereja Mawar Sharon 2016 (CGC GMS 2016).
Theme: Igniting Dynamic Discipleship Culture
Friday, 16 September 2016 (Day 1) and Saturday, 17 September 2016 (Day 2).
By: Ps. Joey Bonifacio (pastor at a local church in Fort Bonifacio, a movement of churches in Philippines).
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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Jesus want us to make disciples all nations, baptizing them. How to make disciple? We have to create good communication and good relation to others.
Live everyday to make disciples as our lifestyle, as daily life activities.
Discipleship is a journey, bring and move forward together.
Our task, together, is to keep people to come near to God in a journey – a relationship journey. Just imagine a milestones from -100 to (+)100, where 0 is a turn point. Making sin(s) is (-) negative step, while doing the right things and coming closer to God is (+) positive step. Bring people to move forward (+) through Jesus and Holy Spirit by set a good relationship between us and them (others).
Nowadays, world is looking for “true love”, not preacher, teacher, and other kind of formal missionary activities.
Simple, just be relational, make good relation with everyone, not as preacher, teacher, etc, but as GOOD FRIEND.
Remember Jesus message in the end of Matthew:
- Make disciples and baptize them;
- Teach them to observe all Jesus commandments.
Baptizing is not how, but what and why. Not about method, but about a deep relationship between Jesus and Holy Spirit and Heavenly Father.
The meaning of God in Trinity is about the relation of God in 3 persons – it is a message our God is God of relationship.
Discipleship : relationship.
If we failed to love God and others, we MISSED the TRUE RELATIONSHIP as Christians.
Steps to do:
– love God (first)
– obey God (second, after first had been fulfilled)
- Love them first;
- Teach them after.
Do not be a spiritual pride person (like Pharisees in Jesus era), but make a good relationship. We do not have to order or push people to change, but we just have to love them and let Jesus change their life.
See, our God is God of relationship:
- Genesis 1:1-3 – single God
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
- Genesis 1:26 – image of Trinity, and it figures out the relationship between us and God.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
Good News (Gospel, in Indonesia is Injil) is about forgiveness.
Trust, love, and forgiveness, are not about separation or category, but about understanding the relationship.
Trust, come from Truth.
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. (James 5:12)
More trust we have, deeper relationship we may have. Reliable, can be trusted to do something. But unfortunately, many Christians today, too often saying the truth, but less in action, which mean we are not reliable.
Trust is the foundation of relationship, and forgiveness is the reset pin to restart any trust failure.
Discipleship, come from good relationship. How to keep this? Remember “TRUST”:
– Unity of integrity;
– Standards, God’s standard is holiness;
– Time, God is still the same, past, present, and future.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)
From bible verses above, we must be fruitful in Christ, a deep relationship with God.
If trust is foundation of a relationship, then Love is motivation of a relationship.
Remember some verses about Love below:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Being fruitful can make others to be fruitful too. To be fruitful is to remain His love.
Build a good relationship to save the lost one!