Success is a very positive word in today's world. Everyone is seeking success. But what does it really mean for a believer? What is success in the eyes of Jesus?
As far as Jesus is concerned, there is only one criterion by which we may judge success. All that He has told us to do can be summarised by His final words to the disciples:
"Go and make disciples of all nations baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to do everything I have commanded you" (See Matthew 28:18-20).
Your life will be judged successful only in so far as you have fulfilled this commission of Jesus. It means making and maturing disciples into the character and image of Jesus. The G12 vision is a practical means by which we can all obey the call of our Master and be a success.
Success must mean that your vision, goals and purpose in life are fulfilled. But personal fulfilment depends on you fulfilling the call of God on your life - making, maturing and mobilising disciples of Jesus Christ. Success means fulfilling the Creation Mandate - "Fill the earth and subdue it." And this comes with the blessing of God. It is says, Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth" (Genesis 1:28).
Success also means stepping into the blessing of Abraham, God says, I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing... And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Genesis 12:2-3).
When you obey the Great Commission of Jesus to disciple the nations you step into the blessing of Abraham and he was blessed in all things!
The great commission of Jesus implies three things: making, maturing and mobilising disciples. And these can be further broken down into four stages. To be successful in fulfilling every part of the Great Commission you must: Win, Consolidate, Train and Send. These four steps have been
used by different ministries, including ICM, Bogota and is now embedded in the Model of 12 Cell Vision.
New believers are added to the church through personal friendship evangelism, the celebrations and the regular church meetings. At the end of each of the services, the leader takes the congregation through the sinners' prayer and invites those who have made a first time commitment to come to the front. The counselling team, which is made up of cell group leaders, joins the new believers. The new believers are then taken to a separate room and the process of consolidation begins.
At this point personal details are recorded and the gospel is shared again to ensure that the person understands what has happened to them. The person is then told that someone will call them within two days to find out how they are. The responsibility of the cell leader is to ensure that the new believer is called within 48 hours and receives a personal visit within a week.
The consolidation process continues through a series of one-to-one Bible studies and through a special Encounter Weekend. This encounter retreat focuses upon giving the new believer an experience of Jesus. The weekend covers such areas as assurance of salvation, inner healing, deliverance, being filled with the Spirit, and the vision of the church. Once the consolidation process is completed the new believer is ready to enter the next stage of development. After the Encounter Weekend there is a 10 week course which helps each person build the new habits of new life in Christ working out the personal victory and deliverance received on the Encounter. This makes sure that everyone keeps on growing in the Lord and learns how to stand firm in Christ.
The aim is to enable every new believer to become a leader of a new cell. Therefore when each disciple has completed the consolidation process they enter the School of Leaders. The School of Leaders involves training one night a week for about 6 to 9 months. During this time there is a Re-encounter Weekend which helps each person strengthen their commitment to change and prepare them for the task of leadership. The leadership school provides every person with a basic training in Christian doctrine, personal life, character development and how to begin to take up the call to leadership within the Body of Christ.
Every person is called to be a leader - to lead others to Christ and to lead them deeper in the faith. According to Ephesians 4:12 every believer is called to be equipped and fully equipped to do the ministry of Jesus Christ, which is to make, mature and to mobilise disciples for Christ. The leadership training is there to bring out and develop this leadership potential in every believer. Every student is taken through basic cell leadership training equipping them to open and to lead a cell. The goal is that at the end of the leadership training, every person is ready to start their own cell.
Each person graduating from the school of leaders launches a new cell group. The leader of the new cell continues to receive support, help and instruction from their original cell. As each of the members of the original cell starts their cells the original cell becomes a Primary 12 group. This primary group (G12) group is therefore a leadership cell. Multiplication occurs! The 12 grow to 144 leaders each with their own cell.
When each of the original leader's 12 have grown their 12 the next step is for these to begin to form teams to lead Encounter weekends and for them to develop their own School of Leaders. As the multiplication takes place more people are needed to teach in the School of Leaders. Therefore the School of Teachers, shows people how to teach the material and how to see the teaching applied to people's lives. Then the leader is free to go on and plant many more cells.
There is also a call for people who have grown their 144 disciples to go and plant cells and churches overseas. We are particularly concerned about the 10-40 window. That is the part of the world which has most of the world's population of unevangelised people. A cell strategy is definitely the most effective way of reaching them. Many of these people live in remote areas of the world and are found in countries which are hostile to Christian teaching.
From all this you can see this Cell Vision is not just another programme. The Discipleship Cell Explosion is the key to seeing thousands of people born again, discipled and sent into the harvest fields of the world. Pray, take every opportunity to learn about and experience this strategy
and start to implement it by climbing the ladder of success.
Ladder of Success Summary
New believers are won by personal evangelism, through the cells and through the celebration meetings.
The new believer is consolidated through the Pre-encounter Bible studies, the Encounter Weekend and the Post-encounter Bible studies.
The disciple is then trained in the School of Leaders and by being part of a cell group. During this time there is a Re-encounter Weekend and each person is equipped to become a cell leader.
The disciple then launches a new cell group and becomes part of a G12 group. Then the leader 12 grow their 12 totalling 144 people. When this cell structure is in place the church is divided into strategic groups or 'Nets'.
The nets are made up of the men's cells, the women's cells, the youth cells and the children's cells. The nets meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
The leader then forms teams to run their own Encounter and start their own School of Leaders. Then they are released to continue to grow more cells in London or sent out into the world to plant cells and churches. Our target is particlularly the unevangelised areas of the world.