The Jesus Blueprint
While writing this book, I’ve had the privilege of teaching and discipling
some of our “Ironmen” at our home church, Grace Chapel. We’ve been
exploring the Scriptures together, examining Jesus’ practice of making
disciples, while also looking at the impact of disciple-making on society.
In the process, we’ve realized that we are reaping the lack of intentional
disciple-making both within the church and within society as a whole.
How often do we get frustrated and angry with those in government,
the media, the education system, the world of the arts, entertainment,
and sports? We rant and rave about the negative effects that the leaders
within them—and their choices—are having on our children, our society,
and us. Yet have we ever once stopped and realized that we have
contributed to the problem by not reproducing disciples Jesus can raise
up to serve society? Indeed, we are reaping what we’ve sown.
If we are not deliberately obeying the command of Jesus to make disciples,
as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20, then He has no Davids, Nehemiahs,
Esthers, or Daniels to place in leadership roles throughout society
to represent His character, ways, and mission!
Greg, a godly man who is a part of our Ironmen group, recently wrote
me this insightful email:
Hey Pastor Dave,
After last week’s message I’ve become more acutely aware of how
the world “gets it” on this whole discipleship concept while the
church lags behind. Just last night, while at a restaurant waiting for
my wife to arrive, I grabbed a few minutes of a basketball game on
TV. The announcers mentioned how the coach of the one team was
a “mentor” to the coach of the other team. They then put up a list
on the screen of all this coach’s other “DISCIPLES”!!!
Earlier in the week a sports commentator talked of the potential
and current football coaches that had come from a professional
coach’s “coaching tree.” Over the past months I’ve also heard how
various politicians were “mentored” by others.
It’s seems like everywhere BUT the Church that intentional effort is
being given to discipleship.
Thanks for re-awakening me to this important issue. I’m happy to
claim I’m a branch on the Buehring tree!
Have a great day!
He nailed it! What he expressed has challenged me for several decades
now. How is it that the world around us seems further along in
this truth of Jesus while we, as His Church, find ourselves committed
to just about everything else but making disciples? Although I have
no way to prove it, I’ve wondered for years if our lack of cultivating
disciple-making communities is one of the main reasons why there
has not been a mighty move of God throughout our land. After all, if
multiple millions came to Jesus in the span of a month or two, where
would He put them—and know with certainty that they would be
shaped as reproducible disciple-makers?
We desperately need a disciple-making revival in the Church and a
disciple-making movement that can bring real transformation to society!
That has been and continues to be my regular prayer. The times
we are living in are trying. People are desperate. Nations are desperate.
Yet are we desperate enough to realign ourselves to obeying Jesus’ last
command? If we are, we may find ourselves in the midst of a “ripe” opportunity
to see the church reformed, society transformed, and the real
needs of people met throughout the world.
As you dive into The Jesus Blueprint, you’ll notice that the chapters are
arranged in three parts:
- Laying the Groundwork takes a look at the Scriptures, the life
of Jesus, and the fruit of disciple-making in the Book of Acts.
I’ll share with you some of my own discipleship story and
how God develops disciple-makers. I’ll also sketch out for
you the main theme of this book: the reproducible disciplemaking
blueprint of Jesus.
- Windows for Making Disciple-Makers provides you with the
understanding of making disciple-makers within the Dozen
Domains of society and snapshots of each of the domains.
You’ll glean much from some of my domain leader friends
who’ve contributed their experiences and godly insights
here as well.
- A Framework to Build Upon is all about the “what can I do’s?”
and “how do I do it’s?” It provides a very practical and tangible
way for you to prayerfully consider how you can obey the disciple-making
command of Jesus and apply what you’ve
learned in this book to your life and the world around you.
Now, this is not the be-all, end-all book on disciple-making. As a matter
of fact, some of my friends have written wonderful works on this subject
that are worthy of your time. As a practitioner, my intent is to simply
share what Jesus has taught me in my forty-year journey as His disciple.
Much of what you’ll read are things I’ve learned from those who’ve discipled
me along the way. I’m so glad that you’ll benefit from their lives
My hope is that you’ll encounter Jesus over and over within these pages.
My desire is that you’ll rediscover His original plan to change the
world. My prayer is that you’ll obey and co-mission with Him by making
disciple-makers where He’s appointed you to serve.
~ Dave Buehring
Easter Weekend 2012