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To Make Disciples Together

The Seven Verbs of Discipleship
serve as a powerful disciple making
and personal devotional tool that
accompanies every picture on the
Sevenapples App.  To access this
tool, simply select a picture and
swipe left twice.

This tool is rooted in Isaiah 5:1-2,
which reads:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a rich and fertile hill.
He protected the land,
removed its stones,
and planted it with the best vines.
In the middle of the vineyard
he built a watchtower
and carved a winepress
in the nearby rocks.
Then he waited
for a harvest of sweet grapes.

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Isaiah 5 is the first time in
Scripture that God refers to
his people as a “vineyard.”
As such, the instructions
God shares for cultivating good land
can also be applied to how disciples
are to care for the good gifts he
gives to us.  We find this parable
in the Book of Isaiah after four
chapters describe in detail how
God’s people had forgotten:
1. Who God was
2. Who God created them to be.

Step 1 :: Disciples Receive
Receiving is the first verb of
discipleship, and it is implicit
in this parable.  Whenever God
(our beloved) offers us something,
we are responsible to receive it.
In the case of the vineyard,
it’s new land.  In the case of
the disciple, it’s salvation,
identity, and purpose.
Receive what God gives you.

Step 2 :: Disciples Protect
When we receive something of
great value, we are responsible
to protect it from anyone or
anything that might want to
destroy, kill, or steal it.  In the
case of a vineyard, this might be
locusts, birds, or vermin.  In
the case of the disciple, this will
be temptations, unhealthy
relationships, or bad habits.
Protect what God gives you.

Step 3 :: Disciples Remove
Sometimes, in order to make
room for the new, we have to
get rid of the old.  In the case
of a vineyard, this might be stones,
stumps, or debris that can hinder
planting.  In the case of the disciple,
this will be lies we’ve believed,
hurts we’ve received, or unhealthy
emotions.
Remove anything that could hurt
your relationship with God.

Step 4 :: Disciples Plant
If you have a rich and fertile hill,
you don’t want to plant just
any old crop.  You want to
plant the best!  The best thing
a disciple can plant in their life
is the Word of God.
Plant God’s Word in your heart.

Step 5 :: Disciples Build
The practical next step as you
begin to cultivate your new land
is to build a place to live.
Vineyard workers built watchtowers
from the stones they removed.
Disciples build testimonies from
obeying God and seeing prayers
answered.
Build your faith.

Step 6 :: Disciples Use
Once the land begins producing
fruit, the vineyard worker would
carve a winepress to provide for
their family and take case of the
people around them.  In the same
way, disciples are to use what God
gives them to bless the church and
others.
Use what God gives you to bless
others.

Step 7 :: Disciples Wait
For all of the good, hard work
that goes in to caring for a vineyard,
the worker is still completely dependent
upon the sun rising, rain falling,
and for nature to do what it does.
In the same way, disciples must
learn to cultivate the lost art of
patient faith as they wait for God
to bless their efforts and answer
their prayers.
Wait for God.

A CLOSING THOUGHT
It’s worth pointing out
that within each of the Gospels
Jesus is recorded quoting this
parable (Matthew 21:33-36,
Mark 121:12, Luke 20:9-19,
John 15:1-17). Three of the
times he quotes it, he is using it
to rebuke the religious leaders
of his day for failing to teach
God’s people the two most basic
principles of discipleship:
1. Who God is.
2. Who God created us to be.

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Three Question Devotional

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1. What does this verse say to you about who God is? 2. What does this verse say to you about who God created you to be? 3. Declare an iWill Statement that turns your discovery into action.





God bless you, friend.