So we talked briefly Sunday (10/7/12) about making disciples when we read “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy… (2 Cor 1:1).
Timothy was traveling with Paul, watching him and being watched by him, learning from Paul’s example. The apostle explained his strategy of making disciples later in his personal letter to Timothy: “The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
So the basic “Four-step Plan for Making Disciples” is the same as it is for teaching a kid to play baseball or make a cake…
The 4-Step Plan for Making Disciples from 2 Timothy 2:2…
- Teach them what to do
- Demonstrate it yourself
- Watch them do it themselves
- Send them out to repeat the process with others
That’s the process. What’s the content? Jesus said you make disciples by “…teaching them to obey all that I commanded…” (Matthew 28:19, 20). I outline that content in deeper detail in the sermon series at GNBC called “Obeying Jesus” (Summer, 2010). It is also available in book form (paperback or Kindle), Obeying Jesus: Seven commands for every disciple.
The seven basic commands of Jesus that all disciples need to obey are…
- Repent and believe
- Be baptized
- “Remember Me” – Communion
- Love God, love each other, and love your neighbor
- Make more dicsiples
We said Sunday that every follower of Jesus needs a mentor, someone to disciple them, so that they can grow to maturity in the faith. And, every follower of Jesus needs to be discipling someone to complete the chain.
That sounds pretty intimidating and many believers are afraid to even think about the responsibility. Let me tone it down a bit, tame it for you.
First, if you are a parent, your first responsbilty is to make disciples of your own kids. In fact, you are already doing it, intentionally or not. They are always learning from you already by hearing you and observing you. You can make that work for you by demonstrating in your own life — in your your conversations and attitudes, your values and behaviors — what it means to follow hard after Jesus. And you can teach/coach/train your children in the 7 basic commands just by being a humble follower of Jesus with them.
Second, outside of being a parent, each of us — student or senior saint, college kid or house mom, major outgoing or quiet type — each of us can have coffee with someone, then ask them three key questions about how they are doing spiritually…
The 3 Key Questions for Making Disciples…
– ask about their daily bible-reading habits
– ask about their daily prayer habits
– ask about their struggles to follow Jesus in life
and then share frankly, humbly and authentically about your own spiritual life, and pray with them and for them. If they ask you questions that you can’t answer, ask your mentor! Do that once every week or two for a year! HUGE impact! HUGE!!!
Not hard. You can do it! Just takes availablility, humility and authenticity. Go for it!
Resting in Him,