The Jesus Model

The Great Commission maintains one imperative and that is to "make disciples."

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19,20

Jesus gave us a model of how to accomplish the command of Christ. We believe it is "The Jesus Model". Jesus not only had his Bible Study group, (His 12) but He also had his "D" Group; Peter, James, and John...and sometime Andrew. This "D" Group (Discipleship Group) is the biblical process and provides for the establishment of new converts in the faith, the equipping (preparing and repairing) of disciples for ministry, the enlistment of all to follow Jesus' plan for discipleship, and the expansion of the kingdom of God throughout the world.

As Christians, we are called to a lifelong process of growth in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; Jesus called this process being His disciples. Though Jesus ministered to the multitudes on many occasions, He spent the majority of His time with a smaller group of 12, and especially one-on-one, one-on-two, and one-on-three, which is the inner group or what we call the "D" Group." We know that this endeavor, "The Jesus Model", is part of the biblically shaped fivefold purpose of the Church (worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry).

The Jesus Model

spiritual Transformation in the Scriptures

Jesus used four phases to make disciples

When Jesus turned and saw them, he asked, What do you want?

They answered, Rabbi, where do you live? The Hebrew word Rabbi means Teacher.

Jesus replied, Come and see! It was already about four o'clock in the afternoon when they went with him and saw where he lived. So they stayed on for the rest of the day.

John 1:38-39

TIME: 3 Months
TASK: Win and Attract
Plug-in: Small Group Bible Study

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.

Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people.

Mark 1:16-17

TIME: 9 Months
TASK: Establish Basic Habits
Plug-in: Small Group Bible Study & "D" Group

Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.

He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.

Mark 3:13-14

TIME: 22 Months
TASK: Deploy and Continue to Grow
Plug-in: Small Group Bible Study & "D" Group

Remain in me, as 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

TIME: Lifetime
TASK: Build Others and Continue to Grow
Plug-in: Small Group Bible Study & "D" Group

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