When going into all our world and about our daily activities we are to be making disciples. This means intentionally looking for, even making, opportunities to talk to others about Jesus. Once we connect with someone who is hungry and seeking, asking questions and looking for answers – we have begun discipling them. They have started their journey and are on their way – and so need to be discipled. Yes, even before they are born again and make a commitment to The Lord their discipleship begins…
As we have seen – there is no one way to disciple people. Like children, each person being discipled is unique and different and so a “canned” discipleship process simply does not work. However, Jesus, although He did not give us a formula did reveal the right principles and patterns for effective discipleship. I looked at the heart in my last blog … and the need to aim for the heart and not just the head of the disciple. More than information (head) but transformation which comes from the heart. Today, however, let’s look at the head as this is the second pattern Jesus left us for effective discipling.
The way people think determines how they see, what they want, and how they respond. The good news is that a person’s way of thinking can change. It happened to Saul of Tarsus as he was transformed into Paul. It has to happen, by whatever method, in the lives of the people we are seeking to disciple. We have to influence the way people think by exposing them to God’s truth, people, and work.
“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17). So, we need to help those we are discipling to read, understand, and study God’s Word. But more than this, they need to receive fresh revelation from God’s Word as this is what builds faith. So, it would be good to pray Ephesians 1:17 for your disciples so that the Spirit of Revelation would be active in their lives as they read and study God’s Word.
As well, our disciples need to be with us as we meet with people and do our ministry touching people’s lives. Proverbs 13:20 states, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” So, introduce them to people and people skills so that they can grow and mature in relational skills and understanding.
And, we are to help our disciples live out their faith (once saved) in the places where they work. The Bible states, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.” (1 Peter 2:12)
How you do this, in your setting and with your gifts and personality, wilol look very different than how I do it. But it needs to be done.