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The Way Jesus Discipled.

I just finished a session with David Oliver and my church and took away a few thoughts that I can’t yet wrap my head around. He went through a list of 31 ways Jesus approached discipleship. Here’s the list. I have a few thoughts but I have a lot more to process.

  • He told them to follow him. (Matthew 4:19, 8:22, 9:19)
  • He accepted those who asked. (Matthew 27:57)
  • He lived with them. (Matthew 26:17:20, Mark 3:20, John 21, 12)
  • He withdrew with them to quiet places. (Mark 3:7)
  • He introduced them to the supernatural. (Matthew 10:1, John 1:51)
  • He equipped them for the supernatural. (Matthew 10:1)
  • He sent them out. (Matthew 10:5)
  • He gave them strategy and instruction. (Matthew 10:6-14)
  • He had feedback and debriefing sessions. (Luke 10:17-20)
  • He used the outdoors more than the indoors. (John 18:1, Matthew 8:18)
  • He encouraged risk (Matthew 14:28-29)
  • He told stories, irritated them, hid the truth, made it relevant, answered questions with questions, called them names (stupid, slow, Satan, children, ye of little faith) (Matthew 13:10-11, 13, 36; 16:5, 6, 13; 19:23-24; Mark 8:27; 9:28, 10:10; Luke 11:1-2, 18:1, 34; John :31-33, 6:60, 66-68, 12:16, 13:36, 16:17)
  • He opened doors of opportunity. (Matthew 10:5, 14:16)
  • He defended them. (Matthew 12:1-4, 15:2-4)
  • He confronted and challenged them. (Matthew 15:15-17, 16:23, 20:23-24)
  • He expected a price to be paid. (Matthew 16:24, Luke 14:25-33)
  • He was their backstop. (Matthew 17:16-17)
  • He provided for them. (Matthew 17:25-27)
  • He didn’t get religious. (Matthew 23:8-10)
  • He commissioned them. (Matthew 28:19)
  • He gave them privileged time. (Mark 9:10)
  • He encouraged them with eternal rewards. (Mark 10:29-30)
  • He shocked them. (Mark 11:14)
  • He exposed the reality of their state (Mark 14:30)
  • He baptized them or made sure they had been baptized (John 4:1)
  • He delegated. (John 4:2, 6)
  • He wasn’t afraid to lose them. (John 6:65-66)
  • He loved them. (John 15:2-15)
  • He worked with different group sizes. (Mark 14:33, Luke 6:13, 17, 9:28, 10:1; John 13:23; 1 Cor. 15:6)
  • He exposed them to: travel, the sea, storms, the demonic, the supernatural, accusations, stress, hunger, inconvenience, fear, physical effort.

Although many of them are expected, some of them weren’t. On a daily basis, how do we apply these, especially the ones that are more uncomfortable?

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