Discipleship

Posted: April 11, 2016 in Basic Training

Did you know that if 1 person were to disciple 1 other person for 1 year, and then each of them were to disciple 1 person the following year, and this continued one year after the next for just 34 years, all 6 billion people on earth would have been discipled? Although this may be an unrealistic goal, it nevertheless demonstrates the power of multiplication that takes place when Christ followers exercise simple faith in obedience to Christ’s commission to go into all the world and make disciples.

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What is discipleship?

During the three years of Jesus’ public ministry He invested a significant amount of His time and energy into training twelve men. These 12 “disciples” lived life with Jesus, traveling with Him throughout Israel as He preached and ministered to people.

 

Luke 9:1-27, Luke 10:1-20 –  Discipleship happens through relationship. Instead of a classroom model where just information is disseminated, Jesus chose an apprenticeship model where He not only taught His disciples, but He modeled life and ministry and character day by day in a variety of situations. In these passages Jesus trains and then sends His disciples out to do ministry on their own. When they return He uses both their successes and their failures as opportunities to further hone their ministry skills.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 4:11-13, Titus 2:1-8 – Discipleship is intentional. In these passages we see that discipleship is to happen in the home within families and is to be a priority of the church. Personal discipleship should be done man to man and woman to woman. It does not happen by accident.

“Discipleship is about living out of the overflow of God’s love and grace for our lives by pouring into others. It’s life on life, spiritual mentoring that invites someone else to follow Christ with us. Discipleship leverages the power of God working through us to equip others.”

Efrem Smith

Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:6-8  – In these passages Jesus gives His disciples the “Great Commission” where He instructs them to go and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything He commanded and taught. Jesus has commissioned us to make disciples in Jerusalem (where I live and work) in Judea (the nearby areas) then Samaria (a nearby area with a different culture) and then to the ends of the earth (those places where they have not yet heard the gospel).

Discipleship begins with one person and goes on to touch the world!

Live inside the circle. Be transformed!

Sample questions:

  1. What does biblical discipleship look like?
  2. What are the benefits of an “apprenticeship” model of teaching as opposed to a “classroom” model?
  3. Are you currently being discipled? What does that look like?
  4. Are you discipling someone? What does that look like?
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