Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ

Definition of a Disciple: one who professes to have learned certain principles from another and maintains them on that person’s authority.

Prerequisites to becoming a Disciple of Jesus Christ

1A. Be born again (You have to believe first!)

John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, except a person be born again, he can not enter into the Kingdom of God.

John 3:16 For God so loved the whole world that HE gave His only Son (to die for your sins), so that anyone who believes in HIM (Jesus Christ the Son of God), would not perish (in the Lake of Fire) but have eternal life. VS 36 The person who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life,; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.

Acts 6:7  And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples  multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Titus 3:5  God saves us, not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration (being born again), and renewal by the Holy  Spirit. 

2A. Identify publicly with a local Bible focused Church by being Baptized in water

Matthew 28:19  Go therefore, and make disciples all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…

Acts 2:41 So those who accepted (believed) his message (the Gospel of Jesus Christ) were baptized, and that day about 3000 people were added to them (the Church).

Acts 9:26  And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe he was a disciple.

John 13:35  By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

3A. Be taught the teachings of Jesus and follow their example of obeying the teachings of Christ.

Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe (obey, do) all that I have commanded you.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul said, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.”

Attributes of a Disciple

1A. Imitate Christ

Ephesians 5:1  Therefore, you be followers (imitators) of God, as dear children;

Matthew 10:24-25 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple to be like his master, and the servant like  his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall                              they call them of his household?

Acts 11:26  … And the disciples were called Christians (little Christs) first in Antioch.

2A. Doers of the Word

John 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, “If you continue in my word, then you are really my disciples.”

3A. Make other Disciples

John 15:8  This is how my Father glorified, by you bearing much fruit; THEN you will be  my disciples.

Matthew 28:19  In your going therefore make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and know this, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Acts 14:21  And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many (Lit. Made many disciples), they returned again to Lystra, to Iconium,  and to Antioch,

4A. Total Commitment

Luke 14:26-27  If anybody comes to me, and does not hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, and yes, even his own life, he cannot  be my disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross (of suffering), and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:33  And so, any of you that does not forsake (abandon) all that he has, cannot be my disciple.

Romans 12:1 Therefore I beg you Brothers and Sisters, by the mercies of God, to you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, unto God. This is your reasonable sacrifice. And do not be like everyone else in the world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is that good, acceptable, and  perfect will of God.

Definition of a Disciple of Christ…

A disciple of Jesus Christ is any person who believes HE is God in the Flesh who died for all sins and rose from the dead, who having believed in Him obeys His Word, imitating Him in word and deed by the power of the Holy Spirit, having abandoned everything else so as to be totally dependent upon the grace of God in his life and is discipling others to do the same.

ARE you “just” a believer OR are you a REAL disciple of Jesus Christ?

                      Just get me to heaven…
Just get me baptized…
Just let me join the church…
Just let my life be better…


WILL YOU forsake everything, including yourselfe for Jesus, and build Christ’s life into other believers by being a disciple maker?

Be a true disciple of Jesus.
Disciples are to be trained for ministry, because all Believers are

  1. Created for ministry Eph. 2:102.
  2. Saved for ministry 2 Tim. 1:9
  3. Called into ministry 1 Peter 2:9-10
  4. Gifted for ministry 1 Peter 4:10
  5. Authorized for ministry Matt. 28:18-20
  6. Commanded for ministry Matt. 20:26-28
  7. To Be Prepared for ministry Eph. 4:11-12
  8. Needed for ministry           1 Cor. 12:27
  9. Accountable for ministry Colossians 3:23-24
  10. Rewarded for ministry 1 Corinthians 3:8



This outline has been edited from a sermon by Herb Hodges.

Pastors Training Pastors in Zambia

Lou Ann and I send heartfelt greetings to you in Jesus Name.

The mission of the Great Commission is to “make disciples” of everyone, everywhere, until the end of time, I.E. all our lives.

We are to do this locally as we are all the missionaries Christ has sent to the people we rub shoulders with everyday (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). We are also to have a heart for those outside our immediate circle of relationships (Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth).

I continue to be convinced that the best, most optimum way to effectively make disciples in other cultures is by coming along side the Christians in that culture. Indigenous missions is the most effective way to obey the worldwide mandate of the Gospel to make disciples. Linguistically, culturally and financially it just makes sense and IT WORKS.

You working together with us and the believers in Zambia has been a fruitful experience. As we provide training and equip key leaders they in turn are training and equipping more leaders who are training and equipping their congregations to take the Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to their own people. AND they are multiplying churches which means people are being saved! Praise the Lord.

WE are asking you to remain with us in the coming years as we continue to work in indigenous missions with Hope Builders Ministries.

Your prayers and financial support sustain us and enable us to continue working with hundreds of indigenous missionaries who are reaching thousands with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your partnership with us.

As you can see our website has changed and we are now using WordPress. I have a lot of work to do on it. Patience Please and IDEAS are welcome.

CONSTANT CONTACT: I am presently using Constant Contact to manage my newsletters and mass emailing. I will not be using the Yahoo Group Mail while using Constant Contact, SO don’t reject or spam my mail from this source. We are using the HOPE BUILDERS MINISTRIES logo on the header. Lou Ann and I are still HIMAfrica but we continue to work through and with Hope Builders Ministries. Please except our emails and share them with your friends. We need more partners.

HAVE a blessed 2012 as we Make Disciples until Jesus Comes!

Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins

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Working in Mpika

District Leader Solomon Muleya and some Hub Leaders

Pastor Daka with two brothers from Mazabuka receiving their training manuals.









Pastor Daka our administrator in Zambia has traveled to Mpika to deliver the latest set of studies to the 100 student/pastors there. He also gathered the latest reports from the district and spent the day encouraging the men in their faithful work. These brothers are not only students in the Word but they are making disciples and planting new churches as they study. Each pastor taking the HBM 3 year bible course has to pay for it. They do that by making 3 new disciple/pastors and planting 3 new churches. This spreads the gospel into areas without an organized body of believers and it provides this congregation with a pastor who loves God’s Word and teaches it to the people. Each church becomes a disciple making body representing Jesus Christ in their “Jerusalem.”

Thank you for your prayers and partnership. YOUR support is strategically and effectively establishing the church of Jesus Christ in Zambia.

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Fulfilling the Great Commission through Disciple-Makers in Africa

What is the ministry and mission of Hope Builders Ministries in Africa/Zambia?

As with all Christian ministry our vision is to win souls and make disciples of men and women to Jesus Christ. Our focus in this vision is disciple making. The Matthew 28 mission statement is “make disciples” by going, baptizing and teaching. Our mission is to “make disciples” and the ministry God has given us to fulfill this mandate is the HUB model of church planting and training pastors who plant churches and train other pastors.


What we believe the Lord has directed us to do is to make disciples in Africa (Zambia in HIMAfrica context) by planting churches and training the pastors who will in turn plant more churches and train new pastors. We do not see our ministry as one that establishes “mission stations” or “Bible schools” with western missionaries, etc. Our center of activity is a “HUB” church that becomes the “training center”led by an indigenous African pastor that will be instrumental in planting up to 40 new churches and training up to 40 new pastors over the course of 6 years.

This Hub Church has the potential of winning 10,000 people to Christ, planting 40 new autonomous evangelical Bible centered churches and training 40 pastors in the Word of God. The average church being 150 to 250 members. We do not try to establish a “mega” church nor do we entertain the cult personalities of “super” ministries that are so rampant today with its false teachers, false doctrine and false focus on size and prosperity and “power.” Our focus is on teaching the Word of God to as many men of God as possible so that individually every believer in the Church of God can know and understand the Word of God for himself and become a follower of Jesus Christ (Christians) and not men.

We believe the best way to be “focused” in  this partnership with indigenous believers in their own countries and cultures. The native pastors already know the language and the culture. It does not take many years and multiple thousands of dollars to “prepare” them for their mission field. They are ready. They don’t need “professionals” to do the work for them. They only need what all preachers need, good Bible training. They have the same Spirit of God. They have the same mandate from God. Therefore they are better equipped by God’s grace to do the work in their own countries and cultures. Instead of taking these men out of their country and culture to be “trained,” we bring the training resources to them and walk beside them in a partnering relationship.

Hope Builders Ministries does not solicit churches in the USA to “duplicate” its church in Africa but instead to MULTIPLY it. Together we work alongside African ministries and ministers to Make Disciples. In partnership with these ministries to date the Lord has planted over 4500 churches in Sub-Sahara Africa in a little over 10 years. Over 1000 churches have been planted in Zambia. To date there are over 70 HUB churches in Zambia of varying degrees of development. These Hub churches cross denominational barriers. There are over 500 pastors in Zambia in Bible training using the Calvary Academics curriculum. Calvary Academics is accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

HUB pastors are humble men who are not looking for “mega” ministries as portrayed on the television. They are men who will never be wealthy in this life but are rich in heavenly treasure. These are men whose focus is upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ and like the last Apostle, Paul, they do not preach for fame or fortune. Being truly called of God, they preach with a passion that says,”Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel.” They can also say with Paul, “follow me as I follow Christ.” They have an absolute love for Christ and their countrymen who so desperately need Christ. A true pastor’s only need is Christ. No true minister needs another ministry to do the work that God has called him to. All he needs, all we need, is Jesus Christ. He is our great Provision. If the USA ceases to exist or all our human resources vanish away, Jesus Christ will never vanish away. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

This is our Mission and our Mandate.

YOU can partner with Hope Builders Ministries in prayer and financial support for native pastors in Africa. Jesus said, “I will build MY church…” He commands us to “make disciples.”

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Submitted by Jeffrey Hawkins, Zambia Coordinator, Hope Builders Ministries with Dr. Johan Gous, Founder/Director of Hope Builders Ministries

God Saves and Heals today!

Testimony from District Leader Sinoya Sakala, Hope Builders Ministries
Submitted by Jeff Hawkins, Zambia Coordinator, Hope Builders Ministries

Pastor Sinoya Sakala

In mid December 2010 I was approached at home in the evening by a woman in her forties who was in tears. After introductions, she narrated her ordeal to me while sobbing. Her husband George, had recently been employed by a company as a metal fabricator. When prospects were looking brighter, George became very ill. (His bowels were coming out.) He could not sit upright but could only lie down on a couch or bed. The local clinic could not cure him of this malady. (This is not uncommon. There are very few doctors or adequate hospitals and NO health insurance.)
So she had come to me for prayers. I asked her if she knew and believed in Jesus Christ. I discovered from her answers that she was a religious person who believed in salvation by works. She and her family worship at the New Apostolic Church. She professed her faith in Christ after sharing the gospel of Christ with her. Thereafter I prayed for George in absentia. I went visiting with the family the following day. I shared the gospel with George too. Who subsequently professed faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Two days later, George was completely healed and able to get up and move about.
I am currently discipling the couple from their home
Indeed Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. May he alone, be glorified and praised. Amen.
Pastor Sakala is a Bible scholar, discipler of pastors, church planter, apologists and evangelist. We thank the Lord for this man of God. He graduated 14 men last July from our 3 year Calvary Academy. He presently has another class of 10 HUB pastors in training.
Your gifts to Zambia enable Hope Builders Ministries to support this brother in training and equipping men who are called to be pastors but are not able to receive training in colleges.
Jeff Hawkins is the Zambia Coordinator with Hope Builders Ministries.
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