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Week 5


The Great Commission

“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.”  Matthew 28:19-20


What is the main verb? 


We are called to go…

This is why we believe in .

  • Welcome Week Events
  • Short-Term Mission Trips
  • Social Events (where it’s easy to invite non-Christians)

…but we’re also called to do this here and now.

As you live life, .  Teach them what you know – we are disciplers.


Discipleship Through

is the primary way discipleship occurs.

Evangelism doesn’t stay in short-term missions or Welcome Week.

Chi Alpha should be a place where people belong, then believe, then behave, then become.

  • leads to .
  • matters. 


Being Disciplers:  The Prerequisite

What does it take to be a discipler?

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”  1 Corinthians 11:1

Christ us for the work He’s prepared for us.  We are called to follow Christ and then to do the same.

Because we should be constantly growing, there is no benchmark we must reach before we start discipling.

  • Otherwise, it becomes about us, our abilities, and our pride.
  • Discipleship is just a product of the overflow of what God is doing in us.  As we learn and grow, we pass that on to others to learn and grow.
  • We are first.


Being Disciplers:  What Do We Do?

What does discipleship look like?

  • Intentional Spiritual Friendships

“To be loved but not known is comforting, but superficial.  To be known and not loved is our greatest fear.  But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God.  It is what we need more than anything.  It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”  – Tim Keller

  • We affirm, encourage, and challenge one another.
  • We invest in people’s , , and .
    • People don’t need to first “earn the right” or get to the “right place” to deserve this intentionality or sense of belonging.
    • We give people a home in Chi Alpha, and we invest in their lives outside of it.  This can look like going to their sports games, attending their fundraisers, knowing things about their families, etc.
  • We don’t view people as , but we genuinely care for and about them.

  • Emptying Our Cup vs. Filling Others’ Up

We aren’t called to fill someone else’s cup; we’re just called to empty ours.  – Andy Stanley

  • We are called to and .
  • Giving the gift of
  • We must be filling ourselves up first.
    • Don’t be a “starving baker.” 

The starving baker was so busy feeding everyone else that he forgot to eat and was starving himself.

  • Playing For the Alley-Oop 

Instead of getting the slam dunk ourselves, we pass the ball off for others to score.

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”  2 Timothy 2:2

  • We .
  • We .


The Super Evangelist vs. The Faithful Discipler

Discipleship but has the greatest .

  • It takes root and can be passed down to further generations.

The scenario:  The Super Evangelist has tent revivals every year where 100 people get saved.  Meanwhile, the Faithful Discipler disciples three people, and then they each invest in three more people, and so on.

We’re called to this whether we’re small group / life group leaders or not, but as leaders, we do it in a more official capacity.  However, discipleship should always happen organically in our community.  Our hope is that this would be our desire and passion, not just a feeling of obligation.

Getting Practical // Stepping Into Leadership

How does this play out specifically in DC Chi Alpha?

We like to view leaders more as — encouraging others, growing with them, and setting the stage for dynamic community.

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  Acts 2:24-27


Dynamic Small Groups / Life Groups… 

1. … can .

Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.


2. … are a way of , not just a way of .

They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.


3. … are about , and .

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings.


4. … give people a place to .

All believers, everyone, all the people. 


5. … will us for everything else.

Every day they continued to meet…


6. … are .

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.


Forming Dynamic Small Groups / Life Groups

What seems miraculous and organic to everyone else actually takes a lot of work.

  1. matters.
  2. matters.  It should be a place where people want to come.
  3. matters.  Set the focus on Jesus.
  4. matters.  Confession and vulnerability
  5. matters. 
  6. matters.  The best way to get people to show up
  7. matters.  People care about what they pray about — praying for each other and for Chi Alpha.
  8. matter.  Ex. names, GroupMe, theme/SG name, etc.
  9. matter.  Constantly investing and inviting
  10. matters. (Across-the-Table vs. Side-by-Side)

One-on-ones; asking intentional questions; listening; calling people higher and seeing growth

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Week 6


Leadership Rights

“He must become great; I must become less.” John 3:30

When you sign up to lead, your change.

As your increases, your decrease.

As leaders, we certain rights in order to .

1. We give up our right to .

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

2. We give up our right to and .

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning.” Philippians 2:14

“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9

“Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose” Philippians 4:2

    • This also includes giving up your right to .
      • Not just pouting and complaining to leadership, but also to your friends.

3. We give up the right to have .

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning.” Philippians 2:14

  • Being fully involved in the life of the community. 
  • Saying to one thing often means say to another.

4. We give up the right to .

    “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.” 1 Corinthians 8:9-12

      • What leaders do in , followers do in .
      • As leaders, our job is now to guard weaker followers who might not understand moderation or the reason behind our choices.

    5. We give up the right to .

    “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

    Ministry works best out of an (filling our own cups).

    Sometimes we have to fight hard for this.

    “Seeking His heart before His hand”.

    This means engaging regularly in the spiritual disciplines.

    • A regular, extended devotional life
    •   (for most of us, this probably looks like tithing to Chi Alpha if that’s where we’re being poured into)

    6. We give up the right to .

    “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20

    “Carefronting” is caring more about someone’s than their .

    7. We give up the right to .

    “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

    • We are called to be the .


    Leaning Into Our Season

    “The Ryan Barber Commandment”

    Ryan Barber went ice skating shirtless. He didn’t dress for the appropriate season. We’ve been in many different seasons as DC Chi Alpha (financially, worship settings, differing needs and events, etc.)

    • We are going to lean into the season we’re in, and the characteristics, logistics, and expectations might change depending on the season.
    • As leaders, we give up the right to


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    Week 4

    “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body.  We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”  Romans 12:4-5 NLT


    What are spiritual friendships?


    Friendship is the of all the loves because it seems like the .

    – CS Lewis, The Four Loves


    Characteristics of Spiritual Friendships:

    • Spiritual Friendships Are .

    “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up…A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

    • To need and to want deep friendships is not a sign of spiritual ; it’s not a sign of but a sign of .
    • The ache for friendship is the one ache that is not a result of sin (Ex. Adam in the Garden). 1
    • Spiritual friendships are .  Our destiny is eternal friendship.
    • Spiritual Friendships Are .

    “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”  Proverbs 17:17

    • Friendships take a tremendous amount of .  
    • Relationships aren’t just coincidentally formed or maintained.

    • Spiritual Friendships .

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”  Proverbs 27:17

    • We are called to and grow closer to Jesus together. 2
    • Spiritual friends , and each other.

    • Spiritual Friendships . 3

    “My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this:  to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:12-13

    • Living a life of service to others
    • Living a life of generosity
      • Share (vulnerability)
      • Share (hospitality)
      • Share (accountability)
      • Share (because there is no biological [romantic] or sociological [familial] necessity, friendship will take a lot of time.)
    • Jesus’s love for us is our model.


    The Ministry of 4

    God calls us to be reconciled to Him, but also to one another.


    When one part of the body suffers, we all suffer.

    • We are called to .
      • Race, Gender, Refugee


    There is a difference between having ethnically diverse attendance and participation versus being ethnically-blended in our leadership and sense of belonging.

    • The Kingdom of God is diverse, but it is also a


    • We are not just welcoming and invitational, but we also give others a once they are in the doors.


    We should be a community where people , before they , before they , before they .



    Community Is Messy

    “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:8


    We are humans with sin natures, and there is inevitable messiness that comes with doing life with one another.


    We are called to , , walk in , and with one another above all else. 5

    • When we love one another deeply, it’s easier to give grace freely.


    What not to do:  Friendationships

    What are friendationships?


    Friendationships don’t have appropriate

    Boundaries by Henry Cloud


    This is a reason why we have .


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    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30

    Everything about us, our beliefs, and our behavior should come out of .

    • With this in mind, it matters how we order our lives and prioritize Him.

    We have — The right order doesn’t just naturally fall into place.

    God demands our . 1

    “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”  Proverbs 3:9-10

    Scripture determines of our lives; we only order the remaining of it.

    • This is 2
    • Our priorities are different.

    “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Luke 12:34

    • We show God what He means to us by the way we prioritize Him with .


    God is deserving of the time in our day.  The rest of the the day fits around time with Him, not the other way around.

    • with Jesus3

    “Remain in me, and I also remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”  John 15:4

    • Relationships only grow when we spend time investing in them.  
    • Bible-reading, prayer, and worship should be a daily discipline (Devotional Life).
    • God is deserving of our time.  
    • Spending extravagant time with Jesus. 
    • 4

    “Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”  Mark 2:27

    • It’s for
    • It’s our responsibility to get rest; no one can do that for us.  
    • Rest is not ; it is .
    • God did it. 5
    • Jesus did it.  His actions weren’t driven by needs. 
    • Rest allows us to
    • This only becomes natural when we put effort into building a of rest.
    • 6

    “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:24-25 

    • We are called to prioritize time in community. 
    • We need others to encourage us in the faith and leaders to teach us to grow, and we need to be this for others. 

    The other parts of our day fit around these things.


    When we choose to live a Jesus-centered life, we are , and our dreams and desires follow.

    Our first vocation is the

    “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.”  Matthew 28:19-20

    • This means that relationship with Jesus comes before our and, as students, our
      • * Disclaimer:  We give God glory through our work, and this includes schoolwork. 7

    We aren’t meant to .

    There are areas in our lives where we get to choose, but only after we’ve given Jesus control and precedence over it all. 

    Our Finances & Resources

    Everything we have belongs to Jesus.  We are just (managers) of what He’s given us. 

    “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”  Luke 16:10-11

    • 8
      • We are told to give the first 10% of our earnings to the Lord. 
      • This is a regular discipline.  
    • 9
      • We are called to be generous with our time, talents, and treasure.
      • Those who give little , but those who give much, .  God blesses our generosity.
      • We store up treasure in Heaven, not earth.

    Remember:  Relationship with Jesus comes before our actions for Him, no matter how good those actions are.

    God has created us with passions and desires that are of Him.  They matter to Him.  It’s all about the order of things, the reason behind it all, and putting Jesus first.

    “Then He said to them all:  ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life for me will save it.  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?’”  

    Luke 9:23-25

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    What is a personal relationship with God?

    “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8

    “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

    • God longs for with us.

    Jesus is not a distant deity; He is .

    Just as the disciples had a relationship with Jesus while He was here on earth, we can have that same relationship with Him.

    • Although He is no longer here in human form, we now experience that closeness through .1

    With the help of the Holy Spirit, we have intimacy with God in many ways:

    1. Reading God’s Word

    The word of God is .2

    The Bible is our spiritual .

    “…It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

    If we believe the Bible is our authority and determinative for belief and behavior, we have to !

    Bible Reading Tool: PROAPT

    Interpreting Scripture — How do we interact with tough texts?

    • We let the Bible , as opposed to letting our .

    The 5 Little C’s and 1 Big C

    Helpful lenses for confronting tough texts

    5 Little C’s:

    1 Big C:

    The Holy Spirit teaches us and gives us understanding.3

    2. Prayer

    Prayer is how we with God.4

    • You can’t build a deep relationship without .
    • Jesus teaches us how to pray in Matthew 6:5-13.
    • Even Jesus prayed to His Father.

    Prayer Tool: ACTS

    The Holy Spirit helps us to communicate with God in ways beyond our own ability.5

    3. Worship

    Worship is a feeling or expression of _____________ to God; showing _____________ to God.

    When we know and understand God’s greatness, something has to pour out of us. We have to be bursting at the seams in reverence to Him. That is what worship is.

    So what does worship look like if it’s not just music?

    • ____________________________________
    • ____________________________________
    • ____________________________________ 6
    • ____________________________________ (Luke 6)

    Worship isn’t about the __________________, it’s about being in God’s presence and giving Him the praise He deserves.

    Worship Tool: The Psalms





    Relationship with Jesus

    Like any good relationship, .

    Bible-reading, prayer, and worship are all that lead to relationship with Jesus.

    • They should happen throughout every moment of our lives, but they also should be a .

    It’s about , not .

    • Righteousness comes out of relationship, not the other way around.

    Just like a friend, dad, brother, lover, we can have a personal relationship with God, and everything about our faith comes out of this relationship and spending extravagant time in His presence.

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    Thinking Critically

    Why does this matter?

    What does this mean for my life / time at AU/GU?


    When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

    Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

    While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

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    Authority of Scripture

    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.”  2 Timothy 3:16


    We believe Scripture is:

      • The Bible is the very word of God.  He revealed His will and purposes to chosen writers who, with the help of the Holy Spirit, faithfully and precisely recorded.


      • The Bible is true and reliable, without error.
      • It is absolutely trustworthy.
      • This applies to all the Scriptures.


      • The Bible is determinative for belief and behavior.
      • It is not just one authority among others, but it is final authority.


    What is true in one part of Scripture is true in every part; the Bible does not contradict itself.


    We walk in the authority of Scripture, not in the reality of our feelings, experiences, or desires.

    • This is because we are born with a sin nature.2


    The Bible is the rule of faith and conduct.  It defines our worldview, morality, and ethics.

    • Pentecostal Distinctives — We believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to all believers and are for today.3
      • Empowerment for witness
      • Edification of the Church

    • Women In Ministry / Gender Roles — We believe in and affirm the gifts of women in ministry and spiritual leadership.4
      • God has poured out His spirit on both men and women.
      • The Bible chronicles many examples of both men and women as church leaders, elders, prophets, and deacons.
        • “These instances of women filling leadership roles in the Bible should be taken as a divinely approved pattern, not as exceptions to divine decrees.” – Assemblies of God Position Papers

    Authority of Jesus

    “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”  Matthew 28:18


    We believe:

      • We are all sinners in need of a savior, and Jesus is the Messiah and only way to salvation.5
      • We follow His teachings, which all affirm and fulfill the scriptures.
      • It is Jesus’s desire for all to be saved.6
      • Jesus is the only way to salvation.7


    Authority in the Church (& Christian Community)

    “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.  Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”  Hebrews 13:17


    It is part of God’s design for the Church to have leadership.  

    • They are to be shepherds over the flock God has entrusted to them.8
    • It is their job to build up the body.
    • This takes many forms (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers.)9


    Church leaders are called to high standards.10


    We are called to honor our church elders and leaders and submit to their authority.11

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    Thinking Critically

    Why does this matter?

    What does this mean for my life / time at AU or GU?