ANCHORS OF GOD
The vision of ANCHORS OF GOD is to equip people to disciple the nations. We do this by developing training resources that bring people into the presence of God so they can experience the heavenly Father in intimate fellowship and be transformed into the image of Christ through the Word by the power of the Holy Spirit. The goal is to become reproducing disciples, glorifying God in all we do and say.
THE DISCIPLE’S JOURNEY
The process Jesus used to make disciples was to choose people who would follow Him and take them on an incredible journey that would transform their lives and the world. This journey consisted of five observable stages, each of which required a higher level of commitment. At the end of this journey which lasted just over three years He commissioned 12 men to be reproducers. They were to do this by leading others on the same journey that they had just completed, teaching them all they had learned and sending them out to make new disciples. (Matt. 28:18-20).
JOIN THE DISCIPLE’S JOURNEY
The Disciple’s Journey is a comprehensive series of disciple making resources that you can download at no cost. There are four manuals in this series that follow the five stage progression that Jesus used to make disciples. There are a total of fifty-one group sessions. These sessions are designed for Bible study, discussion, accountability, training and prayer. Each session requires approximately two to two and a half hours of preparation for each group session. If you choose to meet weekly you could finish The Disciple’s Journey in a little over a year. Meeting bi-weekly is what some groups prefer. The advantage of meeting every other week is that it gives more time to prepare for group sessions and provides time to be involved in ministry and outreach.
Not a separate function—a natural extension
The Disciple’s Journey resources should not be seen as a separate function of the ministry or small group in which people are already engaged. Discipleship begins in these groups. The Disciple’s Journey resources are designed to be a natural extension of these ministries or groups not to take the place of them. This natural extension provides for a more in depth, intentional, intensive, personal training of faithful, available and teachable people who will be qualified to disciple others. (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
THE FIVE STAGES OF THE DISCIPLE’S JOURNEY
STAGE 1: THE INVITATION “The Starting Five” (John 1:35-51)
Jesus did not immediately call men to become fully devoted followers. He brought them along, step by step, until they were ready to fully commit to following Him. The Apostle John gives us the earliest account of Jesus’ interaction with His future disciples sometime in A.D. 26. “The Starting Five”, as we will call them, were first introduced to Jesus by John the Baptist. When Andrew and Simon first met Jesus they had not yet come to faith in Him.
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
Jesus immediately met with these men and brought them to faith in Him. He then began the process of giving them a firm foundation in the fundamentals of the faith. Jesus spent the day with these men and then invited them along with Philip, Nathanael and John to accompany Him occasionally on some trips. He brought them along, stage by stage.
Spiritual Boot Camp is the resource that is used for this first stage of “The Disciple’s Journey.” Believers and non-believers alike are invited to participate in this first nine session course which is designed to bring people to faith and teach them the basic fundamentals of the Christian life.
STAGE 2: THE CALLING “The Fab Five” (Matthew 4:19-20; 9:9; Mark 1:17)
In this stage Jesus called some of the disciples who were His occasional followers, to be His permanent companions. Jesus had been able to observe their level of commitment for about a year. This is Mark’s account of “The Calling”:
Mark 1:17-18 (NIV)
17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
Jesus called those who demonstrated by their faithfulness that they were ready for the challenge of the next stage. Jesus was not ready to “choose” the final twelve. He would spend another year with them before “The Choosing” stage. Jesus called His disciples at this time so they would be with Him on a more regular basis and train them to become fishers of men. This training began immediately as they followed Him on His first Galilean tour starting in the summer A.D. 27.
7 Great Doctrines of the Bible is the resource you will go though in this stage of “The Disciple’s Journey.” The focus of this nine session course is to become firmly grounded in sound doctrine and to develop the faith skill of “fishers of men”.
STAGE 3: THE CHOOSING “The Dirty Dozen” (Luke 6:12-13; Mark 3:14-15)
A larger group of disciples followed Jesus from the summer of A.D. 27 until the winter of A.D. 28. While being with Jesus for over a year on His second Galilean tour they had learned much. They had proven faithful and were now ready for more intensive training to prepare them to be sent out on their own.
During this stage Jesus makes the final cut and chooses from among His followers twelve men whom He also designated Apostles. From this point on His main focus would be training the twelve. He did this while still including other disciples and teaching the crowds.
Luke 6:12-16 (NIV)
12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:
People who have proven FAT (faithful, available and teachable) during the previous stages of The Disciple’s Journey and shown a high level of commitment will be chosen to enter “The Choosing Stage”. This stage is only for those who are willing to pay the price for further intentional and intense discipleship training. It is for those who are willing to reproduce themselves in others.
Anchoring is the course in The Disciple’s Journey that facilitates “The Choosing Stage” and “The Sending Stage.” This is an intense twenty-four session course that combines group study time with group ministry and outreach. The focus is not just about knowing more, but focuses on character transformation and using what has been learned in hands on ministry.
STAGE 4: THE SENDING “The Dirty Dozen” and “Band of Brothers”, (Luke 9:1-4; Luke 10:1,17; Mark 6:6-7,30; Matthew 10:1,5)
“The Choosing Stage” had prepared the disciples for the “The Sending Stage.” These two stages seem to merge together. Jesus now sent His disciples out to practice what He had taught them. The disciples were sent out on their mission in the fall of A.D. 29. This stage lasted approximately one year until they were commissioned. (Matt. 28: 18-20)
During “The Sending Stage” Jesus sent out two groups of disciples to practice what they had learned. The first group we fondly call “The Dirty Dozen.”
1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey-no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.
The second group we have referred to as the “The Band of Brothers.” There were 72 of them that were sent out two by two ahead of Jesus.
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
STAGE 5: THE COMMISSIONING “All the Others” (Matthew28: 18-20)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The disciples were commissioned to go make other disciples. They were to reproduce what Jesus had produced in them. It was a mandate, not an option. Jesus had spent over three years with them for this very moment. They were to pass on the baton others. That was Jesus’ only plan for producing mature Christians and developing leaders for the church.
“The Commissioning Stage” resource is Footprints: Following Jesus, Leading Others. It is an overview of the five stages and a guide for reproducing new groups. As people complete this final course they will begin finding people to take on the journey they have just completed. Reproduction is the goal.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD RESOURCES
If you are new to this site we suggest you download the Footprints manual first. Reading this resource will give you a comprehensive overview of all four resources and how to use them in small core groups. Footprints also deals with the basic principles of disciple making.
To download the four Disciple’s Journey books, click here to go to the resources page.