“He was the son of a poor machinist and his wife in a small mining town. Rather than being shackled by the poverty around him he clung to his scholastic ability and eventually found his way to faith. And that faith set him free to discover a God that would validate his humble beginnings but lift him higher than any of his human thoughts could dream. He travelled the world mentoring and making disciples not hampered by where he came from….His life of service wasn’t determined by his beginnings…but by his choice to discover God and being willing to do his work.” –Falvo Fowler
Scriptural Basis: John 1:40–46, 4:28–30, Luke 24:4–53, Acts 1:6–8, Matt. 9:36–38, Luke 15.. Key Text: “‘Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8).
1. What is a harvest? 2. What is necessary to have a good harvest? 3. In relation to harvesting, what is necessary for good discipleship? 4. Why is society, and the church, built on administrative levels? 5. What Biblical basis do we have for levels of administration? 6. What is the value of this adminstrative structure in relation to farming? 7. Why does more administration…more harvesters…not provide a better harvest? 8. If the levels of the church are similar to the process of farming…sowing, nurturing, managing, harvesting…what can a local church do to organize members for discipleship? 9. How open is the average congregation to trying new methods of reaching their community? Discuss ways in which it could be more open. 10. How can we celebrate the harvest…the people we’ve disciple…beyond baptism?