7 Signs of John

 

I have been speaking to a number of people here in the UK lately about what you do when you gather with other disciples and how you start to disciple people who do not know Jesus. In all of our thoughts about ‘discipleship’, ‘simple church’ and ‘movements’ we must remember the challenging and simple truth that Jesus’ discipleship started with non-believers and helped them to become followers who would disciple others. Praise God for ways in which existing believers are sharing their lives together more deeply and effectively. Praise God for ways in which existing believers are re-discovering what it means to be a follower of Jesus in community with others.

But…..and it is a rather big but…..

We must not forget the commission we have from the “Lord of the Harvest” to help non-believers become mature disciple makers. Only then will His Church fill every corner and reach every people group. That is the vision that we must measure all our efforts and work up against…

In talking with people lately we have discussed tools that can help people discover Jesus for the first time or can help them to grow as a Disciple of Jesus. We wanted to share a tool that we are using here to make disciples – i.e to help non-believers experience Jesus and grow into people who will make more disciples.

It is commonly known as The 7 signs of John. You can read more about this here and here. You look through these 7 signs that Jesus did in the Gospel of John:

  • Week 1: Changing Water Into Wine (John 2:1-11)
  • Week 2: Healing the Royal Official’s Son (John 4:46-54)
  • Week 3: Healing the paralytic at the pool (John 5:1-18)
  • Week 4: Feeding over 5,000 with fish and loaves (John 6:1-14)
  • Week 5: Walking on the water (John 6:15-25)
  • Week 6: Healing a man born blind (John 9:1-41)
  • Week 7: Raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-46)

Each week you read through the passage and ask yourselves 4 questions:

  1. What does this say about people?
  2. What does this say about Jesus?
  3. What does this say about me?
  4. Who else needs to hear this?

We are doing this with various people in our area – from non-believers to people who have been a Christian for years. What is great though is that it gets people to (or back to in some cases) the basics about who Jesus is, what He did and what a disciple is. When you do it with people you are already helping people to practice the basics of what you do when you gather together (Reading scripture, discussing it, sharing what you might do in response to scripture and sharing these truths with others)

 

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Chris Jefferies March 10, 2011 at 9:16 am

I love this idea, thanks for sharing it, Ben and Catherine. We’re going to try the seven signs in John for ourselves here in St Neots. I recommend everyone reads about it and takes it for a spin. I’ve posted about the seven signs on my own website.

Thanks again – awesome stuff!

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