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MARKETPLACE FACTS

ARE YOU "HERDING" or DISCIPLING PEOPLE? Module 404 C Mario Denton Marketplace facts: Herding or discipling people


Marketplace facts: Herding or discipling people


Overall purpose of this series on Marketplace To understand and learn from various marketplace facts so that you can: • Be more effective and anointed wherever you are in the marketplace. • Adapt and benchmark your marketplace practices and principles discussed in this series. • Use these material to facilitate the work of evangelism.

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"HERDING" or DISCIPLING PEOPLE • Within the Body of Christ, there often exists a serious disconnect between what Jesus commanded us to do and the actual accomplishment of it.

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"HERDING" or DISCIPLING PEOPLE • “What kind of a grade would you give yourselves in terms of your walk with God?…Your time with God?… Your intimacy with Christ. Your victory over sin?; Your fruitfulness in the lives of others?”

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"HERDING" or DISCIPLING PEOPLE • Tons of people flock to listen to his sermons and attend well-crafted seminars on subjects important to the church body and the surrounding community. • Yet here are some of his best men living defeated lives, with little idea of how to get out of their spiritual funk and into a life of joy and victory with Christ.

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"HERDING" or DISCIPLING PEOPLE • Tragically, much of the thinking and planning in many churches boils down to a “herd” mentality, better known as the numbers game where bigger is better.

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"HERDING" or DISCIPLING PEOPLE • Conversely, Jesus demonstrated the importance of individual and small group discipling. • Paul singled out Timothy and others for intense, personal help over a sustained period of time.

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"HERDING" or DISCIPLING PEOPLE • A mature person of God had at least one individual who invested deeply into their life. • All of us have deep rooted issues that the “herding” approach cannot address. • Talk to the average pastor, and he is overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of running the church: Marrying, counseling, burying, budgets, etc., etc. Marketplace facts: Herding or discipling people


"HERDING" or DISCIPLING PEOPLE • In fact, he has precious little time – or energy to disciple anyone. • Yet, the Creator of the Universe, Jesus, who made his primary ministry the training of the Twelve concluded his earthly ministry with telling his disciples (and us) to model his example in accomplishing Great Commission. (Matt. 28:18-20) Marketplace facts: Herding or discipling people


"HERDING" or DISCIPLING PEOPLE • Does this not strongly suggest that we, the church need to rethink our whole approach to the ministry?

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John 8:1-11 • The woman taken in adultery, demonstrating • Take this to meditate on a passage of Scripture. • Taking a verse at a time, asked questions like

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John 8:1-11 • “What is happening here?” • “What are you seeing?” “Feeling?” • “What picture do you get when it says that early in the morning the people ‘gathered’ around Jesus to be taught the word of God”? • “When they yanked the woman into the middle of the people sitting with Jesus, what did the people feel?” Marketplace facts: Herding or discipling people


John 8:1-11 • • • •

“How did the woman feel?” “What about the religious leaders?” “Why did Jesus write in the sand?” “What can we learn about Jesus in the way he dealt with the woman?” • “How did he deal with her?” • “What application can you make from this passage?” Marketplace facts: Herding or discipling people


QUESTION: Are you also caught up in the numbers game, or are you investing in the lives of people?

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Build the habit of daily meditating on God’s Word

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Prayer Focus • Father, In the name of Jesus, I surrender myself to walk in the Word in the marketplace. Your word living in me produces the Life in this world. • The word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. It makes my way plain before me. • I boldly and confidently say that my heart is fixed and established on the solid foundation – the Living Word of God! Amen Marketplace facts: Herding or discipling people


Learning, application and commitment: James 1: 22-25 • “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. • Do what it says. • Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. • But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it - he will be blessed in what he does.” (NIV) Marketplace facts: Herding or discipling people


Learning, application and commitment • One of the principles that I have learned from this lesson was … • I intend to apply this principle in my marketplace by: ….. • With the help of the Holy Spirit, I will begin applying this truth immediately. Marketplace facts: Herding or discipling people


Jesus said: Take what I have given you and change the world!

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