Doulos (slave) Discipleship
Question: Will you BE Student X, even when no one else will? Or only if your friends are around?
*Servant Leadership: Jesus washing the feet of His disciples* -John 13:12-18
Just as it's impossible for an airplane to fly with only one wing, so is it impossible for us to successfully pursue holiness with only dependence on God or discipline. We absolutely must have both.
Discipline, as I am now using it, refers to activities designed to train a person in a particular skill. In urging Timothy to train or discipline himself to be godly (1 Timothy 4:7), Paul borrowed a term originally referring to the training of young athletes. It later came to include both mental and moral training. Paul used it to refer to spiritual training. And Paul told Timothy, "Train yourself."
But we must not try to carry out our responsibilities in our own strength and willpower. We must depend on the Holy Spirit to enable us. At the same time we must not assume we have no responsibility simply because we're dependent. God enables us to work, but he doesn't do the work for us.
"Unless the Lord builds the house," we read in Psalm 127:1, "those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." Here the psalmist recognizes God's intimate involvement in the building and watching; he doesn't say, "unless the Lord helps the builders and the watchman," but, "unless the Lord builds . . . unless the Lord watchesU"
Yet it's just as obvious that the psalmist envisions the builders laboring and the watchman standing guard. The builders cannot put away their tools and go fishing and expect God to build the house. Neither can the watchman retire to his bed and expect God to sound the alarm if an enemy approaches. The builders must work, the watchman must stand guard; but they all must carry out their responsibilities in total dependence on God. (Excerpt taken from The Discipline of Grace)
1. A student is ill in the hospital. Who goes to see them?
Answer: Student X !
2. A friend got into an argument with her parents and needs to talk with someone. Who is willing to be a peacemaker?
Answer: Student X !
3. There is litter that people left on the tables. Who bothers to clear it?
Answer: Student X !
4. Who is a Disciple?
Answer: Student X !
5. Who is Student X?
Answer: X = Christ's Doulos (see Luke 10:30-37 on the right-side, and the verse below:
MK 10:42 Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
*Each person in "DD" has already accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.
A sacred time each day with you and God.
*Your chain partner should already be asking the 3 questions at the top of the webpage.
*Always start with prayer. You are spending time with God.
1. Ask Him to reveal Himself and what He wants you to learn.
2. Ask for wisdom in how to apply what you have learned.
3. Do you see Jesus?
Starting 2010, we want to help each other (PARTNER UP!) to keep accountable. The benefit of QT is doing it daily.
So we will not let each other get behind by more than a week.
***Next week, you come back, and start with how you did with step 5 and 6. And everyone shares, and if everyone hasn't done it, the whole group waits again. This will vary from group to group, b/c you don't want people leaving for feeling TOO much pressure. But this does bring true accountability in love.
Laws of the Learner
L = Learner "Cause to Learn" - The teacher should accept the responsibility of causing students to learn.
E = Expectation "Expect the Best" - The teacher should influence students' learning by adjusting expectations.
A = Application "Apply for Lifechange" - The teachers should stimulate lifechange in students by properly
applying the Scriptures.
R = Retention "Master the Minimum" - The teacher should enable students to enjoy maximum mastery of the
N = Need "Build the Need" - The teacher should surface the students' real need before teaching the content.
E = Equipping "Equip for Service" - The teacher should train students for a life of service and edification.
R = Revival "Revive the Heart" - The teacher should encourage an ongoing personal revival in students' lives.
*** NOTE: every Christian should constantly be training for being equipped to revive the heart of others.
*Always start with prayer. You are spending time with God. 1. Ask Him to reveal Himself and what He wants you to learn. 2. Ask for wisdom in how to apply what you have learned. 3. Do you see Jesus?
You have no idea where God is going to engineer your circumstances;
no knowledge of what strain is going to be put you, either at home or abroad,
and if you waste your time in over-active energies
instead of getting into soak on the great fundamental TRUTHS OF GOD'S REDEMPTION, you will SNAP when the strain comes; but, if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting ROOTED and GROUNDED in God on the practical line, YOU WILL REMAIN TRUE to Him, whatever happens...
"Jesus said, 'My kingdom is not of this world..."
Do these seven things and your games will stink!
1. Tell the crowd that you're going to play a game!
Best way to ruin a game is tell kids that you're going to play a game! Youth groups across the nation consistently use this pathetic transition: "okay, we're going to play a mixer now!" First of all ... does the average jr. higher off the street know what a mixer is? Yeh! It's the thing their mom uses to stir cake mix. When starting a game ... just start doing it. For example: "hey, before we get started today I want everyone on this side of the room to scoot one foot that way while my staff run this rope between you ..." Just start it. Ten minutes later kids will be looking at each other saying, "hey ... we're playing games!"
2. Don't be prepared
Time is always crucial because attention span is short. In this fast food, microwave, quick cut, MTV, minute rice, Taco Bell generation, kids are used to having what they want, stimulating their eyes, ears and mouth EVERY SECOND. Now if we stand up to play a game that required two marshmellows with a piece of string tied around them ... if you walk up with a bag of unopened marshmellows and uncut string that is NOT ALREADY TIED ... you've already lost. Have everything ready.
If you've never done the game before ... test it. So many times I thought I was the "Game Master" and all of a sudden I'm up short in front of a bunch of kids. Not a pretty sight. Test it!
3. Don't have your staff playing with them
Hopefully your staff are there to hang out with kids, not to be just a chaperone. Chaperones are no fun and no kid wants a relationship with one. Your staff should get on the teams with the kids and participate as much as possible. I have students to this day that still remind me of times we annihilated another person with Q-tips when I was on their team during a Q-tip war. Fun memories make lasting impressions.
4. Explain the game for more than 30 seconds
As we talked about above on #2, time and attention span are short. Part of being prepared for a game is knowing how to explain it quickly. Give the basics, maybe with a visual example and jump straight into "ready, set, go!" Don't be afraid to start a game even when some are still confused. Your staff can help push these people along once you start.
5. Take more than 30 seconds to divide teams
Same principle as above. Have a quick tactic planned to divide teams fast. Always try to use natural divisions: grade levels, gender, half of the room, etc. Only # off as a last resort!
6. Have someone without ability or even a personality leading the game
Game leading isn't something you should just throw on a new staff member. They should be trained in the basics and given an opportunity to lead a game every once in a while. You'll find that some people just aren't gifted in being up-front. Don't use these people. A key to a successful program will be putting staff people in areas that they are gifted and feel comfortable.
By the way ... if something goes wrong, play it off. Games will go sour- it's a fact. If they do, use the opportunity to make fun of it. If a game goes wrong and the leader is funny about it, kids will still have a good time ... and that's the point, right?
7. Make sure the crowd can't see those playing the game.
"Of course" you say. But how many times have I seen some cool crowd breaker where a kid is getting dowsed with syrup or a girl is about to suck a jelly bean out of some jello and ... I couldn't see cause some stupid game leader was standing right in the way! If you're leading a game ... STEP ASIDE! If you're in a level room and you have a visual game ... elevate it somehow! You get the point.
7th grade: Tom Choi Samuel Park Percy Chung Irene Yu Rebecca Lim
Samuel Lee Kylie Choi 6th grade: Samuel Koo John Shin Jin Chang Kirsty Choi
THIS IS THE PAST.... WHERE WE CAME FROM... WITH MISTAKES AND ALL...
In the video "This is Your Life"above says, "Are you who you want to be?" ... if not, you can still CHOOSE to change.
In our Discipleship group ... we're going to try and do better and better to work at it!
2008-2009 Year 1 Discipleship: "The start of Easy Company"
We also want to practice our faith as we live our day to day lives. So after practicing different life skills (ie basic training, committment, faithfulness, teachable, available, chivalrous, dependable), and learning to trust one another, we had a lock-in and outdoor training to see our training in action. Pictures in the blog under July 2009.
Discipleship started with ten 6th graders, but ended with a core of 5 that stuck through it. Eugene Park...Sabrina Park...Jasmine Koo...Angela Shin...Jacob Song.
2009-2010 Year 2 Discipleship
Trainings were moved to Saturday mornings every other week from 7-9am. What do we do?
1. Start with prayer.
2. Becoming a Christian & Growing as a Christian Step 2
3. Westminster Shorter Catechism Year 1 & Bible Proof Texts
4. Squad Prayer Meeting (a. take attendance. b. Share 2+ cards (praying for witness opportunities for 2 non-Christian friends). c. Share prayer requests and pray for each other. d. Practice and fill out Review Questions which help us reflect on our understanding of the catechisms. e. Practice the catechisms with each other.
5. Keep each other accountable as we practice Christian Living.