Posts Tagged ‘Discipleship’

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Attention Funnel:

  • GoPro Best of 2015
  • GoPro Expectation vs. Reality


  • We are going to start off this year with a short two-week series about serving.
  • I don’t necessarily want you to think of serving in terms of being a New Year’s Resolution.
  • It can be that… maybe you resolve to try serving in a specific position this year, or to find one way to serve your family at least once a month.
  • But I want this to be more than that. I want to encourage you to begin to have a mindset of service. One that looks for opportunities and ways to serve, not just in the New Year, but as a continued lifestyle.
  • And I want you to do that because I believe that being a Christian means being a servant. And I believe that there is great joy and blessing to be found in being a servant.
  • So tonight we are going to talk about how Jesus came to serve us, and then next week we are going to transition into how God gifts us to serve others.
  • Think in terms of using a fire to cook burgers for others. Tonight we are talking mainly about the fuel of the fire, next week we are talking more about the burgers. The burgers are no good without a fire to cook them, but the fire should be used to cook the burgers or everyone remains hungry. God has served us so that we will go and serve others. His service for us fuels our service for others.

 Passage: John 13:1-17 

Big Idea: We serve because we have been served.

Main Points:

  • Jesus went all out to serve us.
  • We need to be served by Jesus.
  • We identify with Jesus by serving.


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Lesson #1: Infected

Attention Funnel: Show Kid President Video and Influence Video


  • Visual Illustration: Wrap your hand? Put a Mask on?
  • Infection can be a bad or a good thing
  • Infection often thought of as bad:
    • Pussing, yellow, spreading
    • Types: Infected cut, ear infection, bacterial infection
  • Infection can be good too:
    • Somebody who has an infectious smile, who is able to infect us with passion, joy,
  • This is similar to the influence that people have over one another.
  • People can be influenced in bad ways: to carry out awful crimes, to become greedy and selfish, to be mean and unjust, to pursue things that will leave us empty and unsatisfied, etc.
  • People can also be influenced in good ways. They can be influenced to work harder at school by a good teacher, they can be influenced to serve at a local homeless shelter, they can be influenced to change by giving up a bad habit (smoking) or picking up a good habit (running).
  • We all influence other people and we are all influenced by other people.
  • Not everyone is a Leader – not everyone can naturally direct other people or set vision or get other people to follow them, but everyone does have influence. We influence, friends, family (brothers and sisters), the people we work for, or have working for us. We all influence other people, and we all are influenced by other people.
  • Clarification: I am going to use the terms leader and follower throughout this series – as I use these terms you should be thinking – influence with these two terms – As you lead you influence – as you follow you are influenced.
  • This is how God has made it from the start. God created man and woman, and as early as the first sin in the garden, we see influence having a roll. Adam failing to step up and seek to influence his wife – Eve is influenced by the serpent, and Eve in turn influences Adam. We see this Joseph as he influences his slavemaster, jailer, Pharoah, and eventually all of Egypt. We see this with Moses, and Joshua after him. All the way through the Bible we see men and women influencing and being influenced.
  • God has given his followers a mission – it’s a mission that is constant throughout the entire Bible – be a blessing to other nations and peoples – and how we currently do that is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. All Christians have a role in this mission.
  • Christians: This series is meant to help us understand how we can better influence people towards Jesus Christ. It is also meant to help us evaluate who are some of the main people that are influencing us.
  • Non-Christians: If you say, I’m not a Christian, or I’m not sure if I am a Christian, I hope you can still feel welcome sitting and listening. I hope you can still gain from the principles we talk about (which I think you can). And I hope that you can see a little more clearly what it means to follow Jesus and what it looks like for Christians to point other people towards him.
  • The first lesson in this series is called “Infected”

Big Idea: A Leader is first a follower.

  • (Every Leader has already been infected by other people. Every person who influences others has been influenced by others)

This seems like a very obvious and basic principle. And it is. It’s important to recognize this and to understand that being a good leader – or being someone who influences other people well – means looking at who are we following. Who is having an influence on our lives and infecting them in some way.

Bible Passage: Luke 6:39-49

Main Points

Not everyone is worth following.

We are shaped by who we follow.

We cannot lead where we haven’t already followed. (more…)

Follow Me Lesson #4

Posted: February 16, 2014 by Brandon Fisher in Follow Me Lessons
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Follow Me—Being a Christian in 2014

Week #3

1.19.14 & 1.22.14


Purpose:  Truly begin to follow Jesus in 2014


Big Idea:  Being a Christian means Making Disciples.


Main Points:

  • Listening to what’s happening in people’s lives.
  • Telling them what Jesus has done.
  • Explaining how the gospel changes their circumstances.


This is a training session taught on 9.24.11 at an area Youth Worker Training Day for youth ministry volunteers.

You can access the complete outline in PDF form here:  Youth Worker Training Day Lesson Evangelism & Everyday Discipleship.