Discipling New Converts (Topic 7)

DISCIPLESHIP – EMPOWERING – PRACTICAL HANDS ON MINISTRY.                                                                                        

(Engage – Establish – Equip – Empower)

A Disciple is someone who:

1) Follows after God, 2) Fellowships with Believers, 3) Fishes for Men.

SESSION 1:

GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: 1 Cor.12 V 4 to 11.

Power of the Holy Spirit, Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miraculous Powers, Prophecy, Discerning of Spirits, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues. The purpose of these Gifts is to Serve others and they are given by God for the “Common Good”.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are generally imparted by the laying on of hands by a person who has that Spiritual Gift but this is not a pre-requisite as we note in the case of Cornelius and his household (Acts 10) and other instances in the Bible.

I have grouped various gifts and put things in a particular order as led by the Holy Spirit to make them easier to understand and remember.

1) BASIC PRAYER ETIQUETTE:

If you’ve had lots of garlic in your food the night before, than please pop a few stimorol for the sake of the person that you’re praying for! (If they go down it may not be thru the H.S.)

Men praying for Ladies in particular, hand on shoulder general, hand on forehead – impartation , the other hand is behind the Ladies back in case the Holy Spirit touches her and she falls backwards.

It’s always preferable to have someone of the same sex praying for the person, people of the same sex can also understand and relate better to issues and to prayer needs.

If you can sense that a person is going to be slain in the Spirit, then call one of the Guys to stand  behind them in case they fall. (Don’t ever push someone over to look good, that’s not God!).

If someone else is already praying for someone, don’t just barge in, rather come up quietly and try to get the gist of the situation first before praying.

If a person is confessing something sinister or requesting prayer for something that you feel is beyond you, then ask them to wait for a minute and go grab someone else that you feel may be more equipped in that area.

You’re not finished until God is finished. Don’t rush to get through with a person, after each step ask God if there’s anything else before wrapping up & He will show you, remember that He’s a loving Dad and that He wants to bless His Children in every possible way & that you’re the conduit.

2) SALVATION:

General Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus,  I am sorry for my past , please forgive me, I now turn away from all that is wrong . I believe in you and in everything that you did for me on the Cross, thank you so much for saving me, I give you my life today , I commit to being your devoted follower, please come into my life right now through your Holy Spirit and be with me forever , thank you Lord Jesus – AMEN.

NOTES:

Ask whether it’s a first time commitment or a re-commitment as your prayer will vary accordingly. If it is a 1st time commitment then ask the person to repeat the above prayer after you.

(If it’s a re commitment, you will probably find that the person has never been Baptised with water and with the Holy Spirit)

Once they have finished saying the prayer congratulate them and ask them how they’re doing (can be quite a stressful experience, especially coming up in front of a Church of strangers).

The next step is to ask if you can pray for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, explain why it’s so important for them to have the Power of the Holy Spirit to enable them to live a transcending Christian life. (Ask them if they’re ok)

The next step is to explain the Gift of Tongues and ask them if they would like to speak in tongues?

Finally, explain to them why they need to be water baptised, take down their name and their contact details.

Don’t be in a rush, make sure that they receive everything that God has for them.

3) WATER BAPTISM:

From the old Greek word “Baptizo” means to immerse in water (Like a sinking ship)

Jesus himself was Baptised, He identified with us and gave us an example to follow.

  1. a) Water Baptism is an act of Faith and obedience to the commands of Christ

(Mt.28 V 19-20)

b)Water Baptism is a public declaration and Confession of your Faith in Jesus Christ, it’s an outward symbol of a commitment that you made in your heart, you want the world to know that you have put your love, hope, faith and Trust in Christ – like a Wedding ring.

c)It signifies to the world that you believe that when He died that you died (immersed under water signifies His death & your death) and that when He was raised from the dead (as you come up out of the water) that you were also raised to a new life with Him & that you are a New Creation). Rom.6 V 4.

The only requirement for water baptism is that you are a believer in Jesus and that you’ve put your Faith in Him. As soon as a person has made a commitment to Christ he should be encouraged to be baptised as soonest.

Just before a person is Baptised they should be given a minute to confess their faith in Christ and to say why they want to be baptised like :

“I love Jesus passionately and I want the world to know that I have put my Hope in Him and that I am His Devoted Follower”.

Prayer for Baptism: “Terry, by the confession of your Faith in Jesus Christ, I now Baptise you in the name of the Father, and in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit” (immerse fully and then raise up out of the water again) AMEN!   (DO A DEMO.)

SPIRITUAL GIFTS:

THE BAPTISM (GIFT) OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the Earth. (Acts 1 V 8, Jesus is talking to believers).

Every believer has the Holy Spirit living in them, but not every believer has the Gift of the Power of the Holy Spirit.

The purpose of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is to empower us to live transcending lives and to fulfil the plans and purposes that God has for every Believer, the Power to keep the Faith and to finish the race well.

Many believers receive this Gift when they have been baptised with water (Jesus did).

Also received by the laying on of hands and one can be filled and re filled constantly and on an ongoing basis.

This Gift is a Catalyst and a doorway to receiving the other Gifts and it enhances the operation of all the other Gifts particularly when we are constantly filled.

Prayer for Imparting the Power of the Holy Spirit: (Lay hands on a persons head or forehead)

“ Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit” or receive the Gift of the Power of the Holy Spirit “.

Most times the person will feel something but often they won’t, that’s fine, just encourage them and tell them that they will see the positive changes in their lives. (hunger to read the bible, tell people about Jesus, give up bad habits, peace & freedom, wisdom in making decisions, not alone any more).

THE GIFT OF TONGUES & THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES:

For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, indeed no one understands him, he utters mysteries with his spirit, he who speaks in a tongue edifies himself unless he interprets so that the Church may be edified. For this reason anyone who speaks in a Tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. For if I pray in a tongue my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. (1 Cor. 14 V 2,4,5,13.)

How can we receive the Gift of Tongues?

Many people receive the Gift of Tongues either when they receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or when they are water baptised, they can also receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Gift of Tongues at the same time (that’s what happened to me).

Generally you need to have been baptised with the Holy Spirit first before you can receive the Gift of Tongues (not prescribing anything, God is God!)

You can receive the Gift of Tongues by impartation through the laying on of hands by anyone who is exercising that Gift.

Prayer for the Gift of Tongues: First explain to the person that their mind is going to think they’ve gone crazy because it doesn’t understand as they are praying with their Spirit and the mind is completely out of the equation!

Lay your hands on the person and pray, “Receive the Gift of Tongues through the Power of the Holy Spirit” – I have personally found that the best way is to then begin talking softly in tongues and ask the person that you’re praying for to begin to imitate you, stop when you feel that they have gained confidence and encourage them to keep going.

INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES:

The interpretation of a tongue in the Corporate context whether spoken or whether a spiritual song will  Expound God’s amazing attributes and/or Exalt , Magnify and Glorify God.

The normal way for a person to receive this Gift is to pray and ask the Holy Spirit that he may interpret what he (or someone else) is saying. We can also receive this Gift by the laying on of hands.

Lay your hands on the person and pray, “Receive the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues through the Power of the Holy Spirit”

THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE WORD OF WISDOM:

These 2 Gifts generally operate together.

“A word of knowledge” is simply when God reveals certain facts to you about a person or their situation and a “Word of wisdom is simply Godly wisdom on how to apply those facts to their life situation.

They operate together because if you have the facts but you don’t know how to apply them to the benefit of the person’s situation then nothing is achieved, likewise if you have the wisdom but don’t have the facts then once again, nothing is achieved.

A word of knowledge can come in different forms. God can just drop some facts (a sense of knowing) into your heart, (like you know that this person has just experienced a terrible loss or tragedy) or you can feel a sharp pain in your knee or God will give you a clear picture of what’s happening in a person’s life.

A word of wisdom will prompt you how to apply these facts to bring life to that person. E.g.

Tragedy = A word of Comfort or a word of encouragement – Prophetic – coming to that now.

Pain in the knee = The persons knee was damaged in an accident, pray for healing.

Picture = In a particular (spiritual) life or death situation, God gave us a picture for a particular Lady, it was a picture of a landscape which was different shades of grey, rather dull and dreary, all of a sudden bursts of colour flooded into the picture until it was absolutely vibrant and idyllic.

The Prophetic word for that person is: (First explain the picture that God gave you and then unpack it) Your life is presently dull, dreary and meaningless, God says that if you ask Him to come into your life he will fill it with colour, vibrance, joy and purpose.

The Lady broke down weeping, gave her life to Jesus and she and her husband are presently leading a Church in the UK – that’s the power of the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom.

They are both incredibly helpful in the Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance and Counselling.

You need to receive both gifts together, any person that’s operating in these gifts can impart them by the laying on of hands.

Lay your hands on the person and pray, “Receive the Gift of word of knowledge and the Gift of word of wisdom through the Power of the Holy Spirit”

PROPHECY:  (1 Cor. 14 V 1,3,39)

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of Prophecy. Everyone who prophecies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort., therefore my Brothers be eager to Prophecy.

The people of God are a Prophetic, Futuristic people  who are not held captive by the past because their Glory lies in their Future.

The role of the O.T. Prophet:

1) Pointing towards the cross (future)

2) Painting a picture of what Jesus would be like & how the Jew’s would be able to recognize the Messiah when He comes.

3) Admonishing and warning the Jews to shape up because they believed that God wouldn’t send Jesus unless the people reformed.

4) Often doom and gloom as the O.T. was overshadowed by the law & not by Grace.

5) They were the watchmen looking out for the people and expecting/looking out for Jesus.

The role of the N.T.Prophetic:

1) Pointing back to the Cross

2) Painting a clear picture of who Jesus is and what He accomplished on the Cross for us.

3) Main task of the Prophetic: Encouraging people to move forward into the Plans and Purposes that God has for their lives – unblock wells – unjam logjams – break dams and let rivers flow in people’s lives.

Build people up–Edification,

Stir people up – Motivation,

Cheer people up – Encouragement.

There’s never any risk or a bad time for Encouragement.

The ultimate role of the Prophetic is to line the future up with God’s plans and purposes.

To bring to fruition what God has already declared and proclaimed in His Word.

To help us to change and become the future and to bring everything that is both seen and unseen under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

One day when we’re all with Jesus, when time is no longer and everything in His Word has been fulfilled and has come to pass then there will no longer be a need for the Prophetic.

The Prophetic is not merely defined by a gifted Prophet who comes to visit us , speaks some prophetic words over us and then leaves but rather by every single Believer taking the initiative to be Prophetic in their daily lives.

We don’t all hold the office of a Prophet ( Rare bird ) but we can all be Prophetic.

Practical Prophetic Stuff:

Grab a chair , put it into the middle of a group of about 8 people, ask someone to come sit in it, pray over them and then everyone in the group ask this question: Dear Lord, what would you like to say to your Son “Terry” to edify, motivate and encourage him??

You’ll be amazed at what God gives you and then begin speaking it over that person.

If you have a Prophetic word for someone that is very directional ( God says you’re going to China next month ), or that may be contentious (God said that you’re moving to another Church soon ), or Discouraging then you need to call one of the Pastors or Leaders to be present when you deliver to that person.

OUTWORKING OF THE PROPHETIC IN OUR DAILY LIVES:

1) The way that we pray is Prophetic as we seek to alter the course of history, by our prayers we can change outcomes for the Future.

2) Prophetic Declaration is powerful, God’s word is the ultimate Truth and Authority, when God’s words become our words and we Declare them over facts, situations and circumstances they will be forever changed.

3) The way that we raise our children is prophetic when we do all that we can to prepare them for the Future. If you’re walking a hard road so that your Children will have a straight path to follow then you’re being Prophetic.

4) When you’re paying a price today for a Glorious future in God tomorrow, you are being Prophetic.

5) Our work is Prophetic, when Doctors save lives and Teachers shape lives for the Future, is that not also Prophetic.

 

MONDAY 29TH OCTOBER – PRACTICING THE PROPHETIC:

PROPHECY:  (1 Cor. 14 V 1,3,39)

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of Prophecy. Everyone who prophecies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort., therefore my Brothers be eager to Prophecy.

The role of the N.T.Prophetic:

1) Pointing back to the Cross

2) Painting a clear picture of who Jesus is and what He accomplished on the Cross for us.

3) Main task of the Prophetic: Encouraging people to move forward into the Plans and Purposes that God has for their lives – unblock wells – unjam logjams – break dams and let rivers flow in people’s lives.

Build people up–Edification,

Stir people up – Motivation,

Cheer people up – Encouragement.

There’s never any risk or a bad time for Encouragement.

 

 

Matthew 7:11 (ESV) If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

You just need to ask God to show you what He wants to say to someone to Motivate, Encourage & Edify and He will!

How many of you have given other people even the simplest Prophetic words?

Won’t you come & stand up here in the front and face everyone, ok , all the rest of you come stand in front of one of these people here, they’re going to pray for a word for you.

Ok, so you see how easy it is to do this, so those of you who have just received a word ask God for a word for the person that has just prayed for you.



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