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This post, renamed and updated from a previous post, takes an in-depth look at the New Testament strategy for disciple-making through two parables Jesus taught on gardening. As you read, take a moment to evaluate where you are in the process of spiritual growth...



For decades, FAST has built its strategy for training on a simple three step process: teaching believers how to take in, live out, and pass on God's Word. These three steps correspond to the basic stages of growth emphasized in the New Testament by the apostle Paul and other writers in various places:

1. Spiritual Babe
2. Mature Disciple
3. Worker, Laborer


They also correspond to the steps followed by the believers at Thessalonica. In his first letter to them, Paul reminded them how they first "received" the Word (I Thessalonians 1:6And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.), then began "modeling" it (I Thessalonians 1:7So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.), and finally were "sharing" it throughout the entire region (I Thessalonians 1:8For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.).

Spiritual babes grow as they internalize Scripture in their heart. They become strong disciples as they implement Scripture in their daily life. And they become workers as they impart Scripture to others around them.

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Over the years I've shared this biblical process for making disciples in hundreds of churches, with thousands of people, around the world.

Take it in, live it out, pass it on. It's simple!

But have you ever wondered where the New Testament leaders got this strategy?

A Grain of Corn

Most of the teachings of Jesus took place in the form of parables. Many times these parables do not come with much commentary, but it is evident Jesus would often meet with His disciples privately to explain their meeting (See Mark 4:10-1110 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:). If only we could have had more of those explanations recorded!

In one of those situations, a parable is recorded involving a grain of corn:

Mark 4:26-29
26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.


Notice the three stages again: first 1) the blade, then 2) the ear, and finally 3) the full corn in the ear. I can just hear Jesus explaining the meaning of these different stages.

When the Word of God is first received into our heart, and creates that miraculous new birth we call conversion--it's like the germination of a seed. The blade pops up and begins to grow.

At some point it reaches a good height and something miraculous takes place: little ears of corn start to form, and tassles appear to make pollination of the corn possible.

And last, when everything is ready, the actual grains of corn ripen in the ear. The initial seed reproduces itself. It multiplies, and fulfills its purpose.

These three stages correspond exactly to God's plan for every believer. The Word of God comes into the heart--producing conversion. A spiritual babe is born. As he matures, the intimacy of his devotional time, creates a spiritual pollination. The disciple becomes fitted spiritually for service. And ultimately, the Word spreads to others, and the process begins anew. The believer becomes a multiplying worker.

Obstacles to Growth

Another parable in that same chapter also illustrates these stages: the parable of the sower. When studying this parable, we tend to focus on the obstacles to growth in each kind of soil. But if you think about the growth of the plant in each soil, you will realize Jesus is teaching the exact same lesson:

Seed in the wayside soil never germinates, never becomes that blade of grass--because the seed is not received into the ground. Birds come and snatch it away.

Seed in the stony ground soil never reaches a mature height because there is no depth of discipleship. The word is not allowed to penetrate into the life. The blade appears, but no more.

Seed in the thorn-filled soil never bears fruit, because the commitment to multiplication is crowded out by other commitments. There's growth, but no fruit. It reaches full height, but fails to reproduce.

But the seed that falls on good soil fulfills its purpose. It germinates, grows to full size, and then reproduces "some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred" (Mark 4:3-83 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.). It successfully multiplies.

Because wayside hearers fail to receive the seed, it cannot germinate. It fails to become a spiritual babe. Because the stony ground does not allow the seed to penetrate into every area of life, it cannot grow to maturity. It fails to become a strong disciple. Because the thorn-filled soil crowds the commitment to mission, it is unable to multiply. It fails to become a worker.

Clearly, this parable is describing the exact same process!

No doubt the disciples understood the meaning of these parables well, after countless long talks with Jesus. And in turn, they built a system of discipleship designed to overcome these exact three obstacles. They taught every believer how to take in, live out, and pass on the Word of God.

Conclusion

Time has not changed the process of spiritual growth. Every believer who wishes to fulfil their purpose in life must follow these exact same steps. We must learn to take in Scripture, live it out, and pass it on.

At FAST, we've built all our tools and training on this process. It's the roadmap we've been following for two decades. We seek to help people memorize Scripture effectively, maximize their personal discipleship, and then give them tools for consistent ministry.

“FAST seeks to help people memorize Scripture, maximize their discipleship, and then gives them tools for ministry.”

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It's the core of everything we do.

And you now know the biblical framework behind it.

Take a moment to evaluate your own life. Where are you on your roadmap? What specific things can you do to move forward in your growth process? What tools and training would most help you grow?

At FAST, we are more determined than ever to disciple men and women. Time is short. The need for reproducing workers is urgent. Won't you come be a part?



Comments

Do these these three steps make sense to you? If so, which step would you say describes your stage of life? Is it possible to skip stages? What obstacles hinder you in your growth? Leave a note in the comments below...

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Posted by Dan Vis on 05/04/23 - Coach
So cool... :)
Posted by Becca Mayorga on 05/04/23 - Coach
Dan, yes it was in BMC that I learned that verse. So thankful for the gifts that keep giving! 😊
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/04/23 - Coach
Love your story Becca! I don't know when you learned that verse (BMC?) but I find it so cool when God gives me a verse a couple weeks before I need it. Just enough time to have it ready to go. Which of course is why it's not wise to put off learning a verse God highlights for you. I wonder how many opportunities we miss because we don't do that?
Posted by Becca Mayorga on 05/03/23 - Coach
Barbara that’s a great testimony. And Dan indeed it does make sense that when our hearts are filled with God’s word, then witnessing becomes more natural. Last night at prayer meeting a couple ladies were talking about being concerned if we have to go through hard trials. I remembered a verse I was memorizing, Psalms 16:1Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. and shared it. One of the two ladies immediately jotted it down. I’m praying She will keep it in her heart too.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/09/22 - Coach
That's a wonderful testimony Barbara, and I think it is likely a sign you are growing spiritually. When our cup is overflowing, well, it overflows! The problem is we try to push people into witnessing while they are still babes learning to take in the Word, or struggling as disciples to live out the Word. Once that foundation is laid though, witnessing becomes easier and more natural.
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 10/09/22
All these steps make sense to me and I feel my weakness is in the area of witnessing. It’s funny, because the other day I was shopping for a warm sweater and the cashier asked a question and before I knew it I was witnessing to her. I think we were both surprised by this sudden witness but yet it worked out so wonderfully. We talked even more after the purchase and we realized that we were fast becoming friends. I know we were both blessed and I left feeling overjoyed. I thought it would be so hard and I’ve held back but God is so good he answers our prayers before we even ask. Thank you so much for these readings and for Fast Missions. It’s a game changer for sure. 🙏🙏
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/31/19 - Coach
Praise God Kathy, that's exciting. God is good!
Posted by Kathy Rosenberger on 03/30/19 - Coach
I have just had the privilege of 'passing on' bible application that I have 'taken in' through fast and after struggling to 'live out' the concepts, as an interactive sermon at church today. It has strengthened my determination to improve my application skills so that God's word shines through my life and has given me great joy to share. Thank you for your teaching.
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/29/19 - Coach
Having a supportive life partner is definitely a help Carla, Marilou . But God's grace is sufficient. We just need to pray God will help us rise above these challenges, and perhaps even use us to draw our partner to Christ. Stay encouraged. Ultimately, every believer's walk with Christ is an individual one. :)
Posted by Dagman on 03/26/19
Partner in life is uncooperative, it's a challengeble and losing patients.
Posted by Carla Phillips on 03/16/19
Obstacles that hinder me in growth are the stress and care's of the world. Beginning with my job and a spouse who is not a sda. I pray and keep praying and trusting in Jesus.
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/15/19 - Coach
Excellent point Lesley, especially the fact there are 2 good reasons to manage our time well...
Posted by Lesley Noakes on 03/14/19
I think one of Satan's ploys is to get us busy with seemingly good things. We need the Holy Spirit to guide us as to what we should accept so that we have personal time to mature and also time and opportunity to reproduce. Think I have been too busy with church offices.
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/12/19 - Coach
I know you've been through ROCKET Patricia, so you have the basic process I use to determine priorities. :) All the best on becoming a multiplier!
Posted by Patricia Jones on 03/12/19
I agree Pastor Dan, that an overcrowded life is probably the greatest obstacle. I know I need to weed out some things, and earnestly seeking God's will that I weed out what He'd have me weed out, not abandon things He wants of me. Clearly something has to go. I'm sort of at the stage of little plants that I can't tell from weeds and don't want to pull the wrong thing. I certainly need His discernment.   
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/12/19 - Coach
Glad you enjoyed this Rae! And like your analogy about the grasshoppers and the netting. I'm comparing your comment with Patricia who both say you want to move to stage three, but too busy. Makes sense doesn't it? The only way to go to fruitfulness in ministry is to overcome the weed filled soil. The last and probably greatest obstacle. :)

Carole, glad this made sense though I would probably use the stages of child, adult, and then parent. There is no stage three without multiplication. Some 30, some 60, some 100, but always multiplication!
Posted by Patricia Jones on 03/11/19
Yes, the steps make sense. Never thought of the second parable as showing stages of growth. I would say I'm primarily in stage two and looking to be more consistently in stage three. I too often find my commitment to multiplication choked out by other commitments.   
Posted by Carole Bliss on 03/11/19
Over the weekend, I heard a wonderful message. Followed by our singing, I surrender all. We need to pray for God to be before all things.
BLESSINGS
Carole
Posted by Carole Bliss on 03/11/19
As in the physical world, a baby, a child, an adult, it's gradual. I love that parable. We need all three steps to mature. I am now still learning scripture, but am wanting to share with others. Praying for Holy boldness.
God is faithful to us all.
BLESSINGS
Carole
Posted by Rae Robinson on 03/11/19
Loved monday's memo on gardening desciples! I think I've been jumping around all 3 stages over the years but now in stage 2 mostly. Life sure keeps us busy...too busy sometimes and we lose our commitment & focus. We need to pray every day for H.S.'s guidance & surrender our lives to Jesus. (fyi,years ago I had a small garden & I grew corn. All was well, producing tassles. I watered, fertilized etc, thought I did everything right. Then overnight, grasshoppers appeared & ate all the tassles. So no mature corn developed. Perhaps I should have covered the plants with netting for protection. Satan is like those grasshoppers & prayer is like the netting. We are so busy with the world that we lose sight of what's really important & what we need to do to fulfill Jesus's commission.)
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/15/18 - Coach
Glad you enjoy these Qing. We have quite few important posts in our archives now, and I think they are worth sharing more than once. And if I can make them a bit better each time, so much the more!

Of course, I'm also thinking about new members. Giving them a chance to see these foundational principle is really important. And throwing in a few new ones now and then, when there are gaps in our content (like this week's post on Transformational Study) keeps us all moving forward!
Posted by Qing Ling on 05/15/18 - Coach
I'm really appreciative of you recycling/updating old posts, Dan. These articles are gems, drawing out precious truths from the bible and making them really come alive/relevant to my life! The "crowding out" sounds all too familiar to me... I will say with Carole - Lord, help me learn it, live it, and SHARE it!
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/14/18 - Coach
So happy our resources have proved a help Myrna! Glad you are here. :)
Posted by Myrna on 05/14/18
I am a spiritual babe, this program is helping me to grow,
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/08/18 - Coach
Yes, I think you mentioned that once before Carole. Would make a great motto for every memorizer, and for every verse: help me learn it, live it, and share it!

We have some really big training programs focused on witnessing planned for the second half of the year. Stay tuned...
Posted by Carole Bliss on 05/08/18
I really like this message. I am studying more, and praying to live it out, and now I want to share what I know. Praying for Holy boldness. So I would say starting to pass it on.
I love this three step, I will call it slogan, it sums it up.
When I am trying to memorize, I end with help me to learn this, live it out, and share with others. Not realizing this is what this program is about.
Thank-you,
Carole
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/07/18 - Coach
So glad to hear Joyce! People are signing up pretty fast so I'm anticipating a good group. This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time--and the date is almost here. AWE starts May 20...
Posted by Joyce Augustinis on 05/07/18
This is perfect. Just what I have been looking to do next with the verses that I have learned.
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/07/18 - Coach
So many lessons we can learn from plants, aren't there Lynn? Thanks for adding this additional perspective...
Posted by Lynn on 05/07/18
I am good at getting orchids to re-bloom. They need light from the right direction and the the right amount of water. I can see how I too need light from God's direction and need to be watered by Him.
As always thank you for the steps and ways to apply to our lives and help others.
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/07/18 - Coach
You are more than welcome Diane!
Posted by Diane Castanon on 05/07/18 - Coach
As usual Dan, you make your point clear and easy to understand. Thank you!
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/07/18 - Coach
I'm sure you are correct Wayne, thanks for pointing that out. Of course wheat is also a grass and grows through the exact same stages. First it sprouts, then it flowers (forms a head with something similar to tassels), and finally the grain ripens.

Most of us readily recognize the germination phase (new believers accepting the Bible), and the harvest phase (workers leading others to Christ), but the inbetween phase where flowering and pollination take place is often neglected. That's where growth in discipleship creates such a close communion with Christ, the believer is pollinated and prepared for service. This takes place more secretly (Matthew 6:6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.) and so is not always emphasized--but is absolutely critical--whether wheat or corn. :)

I think our AWE class is going to be an awesome experience in terms of teaching believers how to experience true spiritual pollination. Can't wait!
Posted by Wayne E Smith on 05/07/18
Thanks for the lessons Pastor Dan. Discipleship is a growing process that we are encouraged to do. II Peter 3:18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.. I have wondered about why the KJV uses the word corn to describe the grain in the Bible. John 12:24Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. says "unless a corn of wheat fall in the ground..." Corn was not cultivated in the middle east until after it had been brought back from the Americas. Corn in the English language meant grain. When the explorers found the native americans planting and harvesting this new grain, they called it maize or indian corn. Now we know it as corn and the original meaning of corn has passed and we view the KJV corn or wheat as maize or indian corn. Now, as I understand that corn is actually wheat, I can understand how the disciples harvested corn by rubbing it between their hands, Luke 6:1And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands..
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/17/17 - Coach
Barbara, love your insights into the growth process. I think we underestimate the importance of the second stage, where intimate discipleship makes pollination possible. Without it there can be no real reproduction!

Marion, amazing illustration of how dramatically corn can reproduce. This is God's plan for every believer, isn't it? Isaiah 60:22A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

Welcome to our site Lynda! Sorry for the slow response. I was traveling all last week. But glad this reading got you thinking! :)

You are right Qing, there is often a flux between stages at different times in our life, and also between different areas of our Christian life. That's why consistency and balance are so important. Praise God for Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me....
Posted by Qing Ling on 09/17/17 - Coach
I am finding myself in flux with many aspects of my walk with Christ. I don't think it's possible to skip stages, just like a corn cob can't multiply unless it first matures and produces seed. As a fallen human though, I find myself going back and forth between stages two and three often...sometimes areas of living it out needs more of my attention and passing it on takes a backseat...other times by the grace of God, living it out is going smoothly and I can give more of my focus to passing it on 🙃
Posted by Lynda on 09/13/17
I am new to the program, this my first time reading the memo. However, it made think. I know the story but I never thought of it that way. I never saw the relevance to my life.
I am looking forward to learn from the program how to share my faith, which I have never done before, always thinking of discipleship as the responsibility of pastors.
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 09/11/17 - Coach
Thanks for the posting this memo again! I absorbed more of the message the second time around.
Posted by Barbara on 09/11/17
Loved the two parables compared together! Hadn't read the one in Mark 4:26-2926 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. recently but was excited to see it speaking about the Kingdom Of God - that when the harvest is ripe (I believe meaning our characters are fully fruitful) Jesus will come immediately! Interesting too, that sleep is mentioned.
Posted by Barbara Davis on 09/11/17
Marion, Great harvest. Yes, to be a worker together with Jesus, reproducing a bountiful harest. About a year ago I fell and broke my arm and tore connective tissue in my hand. For the first time in my 70 years I no longer felt as though I were five. It precipitated a long talk with our heavenly Father about making the unknown number of my last years productive. Your corn harvest is an added reminder of the success of doing things His way in His power. May we all be found faithful to our high calling in Christ.
Posted by Marion Coppock on 09/11/17
Just yesterday I harvested my corn, from the 50 seeds I planted I harvested 6-7 dozen large cobs of corn. I wouldn't even try to imagine how many kernels in each cob. How I want to reproduce like the seed of corn.
I love this quote from the "Ministry of Healing"
Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy to them and ministered to their needs, and won their confidence then he bade them "Follow Me"
Posted by Barbara Davis on 09/11/17
These lessons are repeated over and over in the garden, but illustrated and beautifully repeated by the corn plant. And the longer I think about if, the more lessons there are.

First the original seed has to give its life in order for a new plant to grow. Roots are put downward into the soil to nourish and anchor the growing shoot which grows upward out of the ground. The plant must absorb a constant supply of moisture and nutrients from the soil, while at the same time receiving full energy from the light of the sun.

When the ear forms it has a head of silks. Every silk is attached to an individual kernel within the ear. That kernel will grow into a viable kernel only as it is fertilized through that silk, i.e born again. It can only be born again for itself, not for any kernels around it. Fertilization comes from a source, the tassel, i.e. the Holy Spirit, which is apart from and outside the ear.

After each kernel is fertilized it continues to grow as it is connected into the cob, i.e. Christ, and is now part of the ear, i.e. a body of believers, where it continues to grow until the harvest. If any of these are missing it will not ear, or the ear will be malformed, having mature kernels scattered among unfertilized kernels. (Drawing from another parable, the tares grow with the wheat until the harvest.)

The interaction of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is seen repeated in every stage of the plant’s growth.
Posted by Dan Vis on 07/21/17 - Coach
Wow Qing, that quote stands out when it's lifted out like that. Worth tweeting! :)
Posted by Qing Ling on 07/21/17 - Coach
As a recovering workaholic (busy mindset, not just relating to paid work), I find myself most challenged by:

Seed in the thorn-filled soil never bears fruit, because the commitment to multiplication is crowded out by other commitments. There's growth, but no fruit.

Matthew 3:8Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: is one of my favorite fruit related verses.
Thanks for keeping me accountable through your direct and encouraging articles, Dan.
Posted by Dan Vis on 07/11/17 - Coach
Thanks for sharing Sherry, Marsha, and Valerie. Wonderful to hear that each of you are maturing and wanting to move more fully into ministry. Our current challenge, the Blueprint is a great first step that direction. Hope you have each signed up for it.

Soon we will be opening up Module 3 of the Journey and we have a couple more exciting challenges coming up focused on multiplication (both evangelism and training). Let's all press forward toward that goal!
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 07/10/17 - Coach
I believe that I am in a place of maturation and so ready to multiply!
Posted by Marsha on 07/10/17
I have been through each phase of the maturation process and actually was actively working, making disciples for some time. I am currently enrolled in medical school. I have become so absorbed in school that I ceased working to reach others for Christ. As a result I feel as though I am just going through the motions of Christianity, no joy, no fulfillment. I fast and pray a couple of times a week with friends, but it is not the same as actively working to make disciples for the Lord. I am praying that the Lord will bless me with a fellow student on campus to begin studying with. Please join with me in prayer to this end. Marsha
Posted by Colette Guthrie on 07/10/17 - Coach
Dan thanks!
Posted by Sherry Olson on 07/10/17
I see myself in the maturation phase, I need to identify or figure out a plan on how to use my gifts in the multiplication phase.
Still trying to stay consistent and focused on my memorization of the word, I feel like I am memorizing, but not doing the meditating that I need to...
I feel like the cares of this world keep me distracted too much of the time and I find distractions at home keeping me from delving into the word at night.
Help me and strength me Lord!
Posted by Dan Vis on 07/10/17 - Coach
Memorizing, Colette. Actually we've organized the journey into Memorization, Maturation, Multiplication.
Posted by Colette Guthrie on 07/10/17 - Coach
Hi Dan,

I see modelling and ministering... what's the 3rd M?

Colette
Posted by Carole Bliss on 07/10/17
Thank-you for this message. I am praying as to what HE wants me to do. I just sent this material to my Pastor, I think of my Grandchildren, and how I want to help them to memorize scripture, with their sharp young minds. Its clear to me, this is what we all need.
Thanks again,

Carole
Posted by Kendra Jumbo on 07/10/17
I am encouraged to keep growing. Time indeed is short and such time is also needed to make disciples. God bless you Dan.
Posted by Clarris Magadza on 07/09/17
Thank you for another great lesson. Just thinking to myself; it is not possible to skip a stage. There can be no maturity without germination and mathematics says anything multiplied by zero is zero. You can't multiply when you have nothing.
However, we may be able to move on to the next stage before fully completing the previous one. For example, you may start to share the word even though you might not be fully applying everything in your own life. It will not be easy and it's not ideal, but it is possible... Just some random thoughts going through my head
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/11/17 - Coach
Tanya, glad we have been helpful. All the best on your presentation! And we'd love to partner with your church if we can.

Great application Joyce. We will be doing much more training in witnessing in module 3. Very excited about all the new resources coming out.

Nora, that should almost be our motto: no shortcut in our spiritual journey. Thanks for sharing that.
Posted by Nora on 04/10/17
Thanx Dan for the tools and the clear messages presented to us which
If we follow God's way we will surely grow maturely and will in return
Be effective in witnessing for Him. No short cut in our spiritual journey.
Posted by Joyce Augustinis on 04/10/17
Thank you for the message. I've been developing as a mature Christian and there have been commitments that have gotten in the way of putting time into witnessing. I realize that I am witnessing here and there with contacts and my life and I feel I need to even grow more as a Christian and hopefully witnessing and opportunities to witness will increase along with that. Romans 8:14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. those that are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Posted by Tanya Telis on 04/09/17
Thank you for this vivid and concise presentation of the ministry of FAST. My church iscslowly developing interest in the program I am doing hete with my husband. I am ptaying thst we can start a training center here in the north. Putting the two parables together is very powerful. I want to share that with them this Sabbath!
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/08/17 - Coach
Pam, in Ministry of Healing (p 143) there's a statement that talks about how Christ's method alone will bring success in reaching people. That method began with first meeting a need. Then it continued through a process. It took many years of trying every other approach I could think of to realize there really is no other viable method. You will enjoy that part of the Journey very much!
Posted by Pamela Kendall on 04/08/17
Thanks Dan . I like the idea of making the people WANT to come to us - I think that is another of my fears with witnessing - that I will be bothering people, that they will think I am pushing my religion on them, that I will be telling them something they don't want to hear or that they are not interested in.... I don't like conflict - and I also fear what people will think of me (which is a bad reason). Looking forward to learning more!
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/07/17 - Coach
Appreciate the enthusiasm Sherry! Like you said, we're "continuing on". Next up: Module 2...

Pam, appreciate your genuineness! I think we do a disservice when we try to push people into evangelism when they have not fully developed in the first two levels. There's always things we can help out with, but truly effective ministry requires a stronger foundation. But I think you are going to enjoy the upcoming ministry training information. It's a completely different approach to how we often attempt ministry--that makes people want to come to us. I can't wait to get to that part of the course.
Posted by Pamela Kendall on 04/06/17
I also appreciate the comparison of the parables of the kernel of corn and the sower and the seed. It gave me a new insight on the Sower and the seed parable and helps to show how I could hear the Bible all my life and still not be "ready" to share it. I needed to grow and mature some more - the seed was not yet ripe and the soil needed more cultivation first.
Posted by Pamela Kendall on 04/06/17
I have always been a bit scared and uncomfortable with step 3 due to being a bit shy and perhaps more significantly due to insufficient growth/maturity in the first steps - I felt I didn't have much to share or that I was a hippocrit as I didn't feel the things that needed sharing had had properly impacted my heart and life. You can't properly share wat you haven't experienced. I also did not feel that I knew how to share with others. Right now I want to focus on the first 2 steps to gain a more solid foundation and move into step 3 as God leads the way. Thanks to the things God has been teaching me at FAST I felt comfortable enough to say yes when asked to give a short talk at my church's week of prayer and I think God blessed. The meditation tools and the Monday memo any inductive/deductive Bible study helped me know better how to go about preparing a talk. I thank God and fast for all I am learning here and especially for helping me learn how to understand and experience God and the Bible in a more personal way!
Posted by Sherry Olson on 04/05/17
At the first stage, just did the breakout memory challenge and realize that God really will give me the power to memorize his word, now I have to work on the application of the Word being memorized. So much to go back and review, but I desire to be a good witness and a soul saver for the Lord. So continuing on the "Journey" :)
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/04/17 - Coach
Glad many of you found this helpful, and I'm encouraged that many of you are motivated to be at the worker stage. That certainly is the great need, isn't it. But unfortunately, I've heard statistics that as many as 95% of us, or more, have never won one soul to Christ, much less winning souls consistently.

I believe the problem is we haven't really internalized the Word as fully as we should, as Ajay suggested. Or, that our personal discipleship is deficient, in such practical skills as practical application, persistence in prayer, time management, discerning God's Will, and so many other areas.

Or to put it differently, we want to skip the real work of spiritual growth, and jump right to the harvest. Unfortunately it just doesn't work that way.

Anyway, I know many of you are in the Journey. We'll be focusing on all these topics in the months to come. And our ministry training component is going to be one of the most exciting new programs we've ever put together. Can't wait!
Posted by Jelena Shipton on 04/04/17
Excellent Monday memo. Thank you! I thought I knew the parable of the seed and the different types of soil really well but I understood it in a deeper way through the comparison with the first parable. It really convicted me.
Posted by David J Grabe on 04/03/17 - Coach
Greetings, everyone!
What a marvelous lesson this morning from the Monday Memo. Thank you, Pastor Dan for sharing the 3 Steps in the Biblical process of discipling: Internalization (memorization), Integration (maturation), & Impartation (multiplication). I believe I find myself in the 3rd stage-but not to the place where it is frequently occurring on a daily basis. I desire to be walking in a "continual victorious procession in Christ, spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ everywhere I go." (II Corinthians 2:14Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.) And that His light "will shine in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God which shines in the face of Jesus Christ." (II Corinthians 4:6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.)
May the Journey, along with all the tools, and above all, the Holy Spirit, continue to draw us into cooperation, conversion, and conformity to His good, and acceptable, and perfect will!
The LORD bless us all as we journey home!    
Posted by Ajay Nenavathu on 04/03/17
Hi Marion
I have found that it is much easier to talk about a subject if I feel confident in the subject. This is where Bible memorization really has helped me.
Posted by Carol Putman on 04/03/17
Thank you, Dan. I have been trying for a month to catch up and this morning God impressed me to start with today's Monday memo and keep up with where everyone else is at. My goal for 2017 is to be God's witness and FAST MISSIONS is giving me the tools to make that happen.
Posted by Nancy Brennan on 04/03/17
Philippians 2:5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." This prayer and promise is powerful. When I earnestly ask for forgiveness for my selfish thoughts and actions and then pray/ claim this promise..... Jesus allows me to see everyone I meet as a child that he loved enough to go through pain and suffering and death to save; to offer again the choice to choose him. Those 'every ones' are also the rude driver on the road, the grumpy person in the store and the down right angry person , you know those difficult to love people, as well as friends and family. Having the mind of Christ brings me to tears and to my knees. I feel compelled to interceede for them in prayer. I can then be pleasant, encouraging and he provides conversation to speak an encouraging word, share an encouraging bible verse etc., for me, that is doing his work. When I ask Him to bring me someone he wants me to speak too, he always does.... but many times I didn't recognize it at the time or didn't want to. So I come back full circle to   Philippians 2:5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:--let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
Sorry so long winded.
Posted by Carole Bliss on 04/03/17
I would be in the step three part. Need to learn how to pass the word on
to various groups of people. To reach them, in a way, it attracts them to HIM.


Carole
Posted by Helene on 04/03/17
Joy Hank, you don't have to worry about finding ways to witness. As you live your life for Jesus, and continue in prayer, He will send people to you. I thought my "witnessing days" were over when I became a caretaker for three of our parents in our home out in the country. I'm constantly amazed at the many ways God finds to bring seekers across my path. He's not going to let you sit idle!
Posted by Marion Coppock on 04/03/17
Discipleship is where I want to be. I love living my life as a Christian and I pray that everyone sees Jesus in me, Why than is it so difficult for me to talk about to those in the small community I live in. I pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in my life so He will give me words to say and a testimony to share.
Posted by Ann Lavenburg on 04/03/17
I have been through many such training exercises from my teenage years through college in Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for Christ, a Literature Evangelist, a public school teacher/librarian where I was able to give away Great Controversies as graduation gifts , and in personal ministries going door to door. Now that I am retiring I am praying for a way to continue to witness.
Posted by Joy Hank on 04/03/17
I suppose these 3 steps match the practical things that we can draw from the book Steps to Christ - read the Bible, pray and witness. When I align it to life I simply use the 3 words - eat, breathe and work (exercise). I am praying for God to lead me into ways of sharing - multiplying the seed. Thank you. God bless.


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