Discipling someone involves their heart, their head, and their hands. We have looked at the heart and the head – let’s jump in and deal with the hands…
What people do and don’t do significantly influences their spiritual journey. Jesus told His disciples, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17). Jesus invested in His disciples and then sent them out. In fact, sending them out was a big part of how Jesus taught them. Sadly, in most churches today, people are being “sat” rather than “sent.”
Discipling must involve practical, hands-on training and equipping for ministry. Those being discipled must be offered opportunities to minister with others in a team – including others who are more mature than they are. It is good for them to be sent out and to learn how to minister from a mentor – including not just doing ministry but receiving feedback as quickly as possible after ministering so that they learn what works and what doesn’t. This feedback needs to be practical as well as theological in nature.
So, part of discipling involves training and equipping the disciple. Training involves teaching them the basic doctrines of the faith so that they are firmly established in the Truth and the basic teachings of the faith. This way they can defend the faith as Jude, verse three commands that we must do. As well, the disciple needs to be equipped in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) and taught how to walk in the power of the Spirit so that they can fully proclaim the Gospel (Romans 15:18-19). All of this takes time and practice. So, they must be involved in the work of the ministry to receive the practical hands-on experience that they need.
Tomorrow – the conclusion to this short series of blogs on discipleship. For further blogs on the subject – enter “disciple” in the search engine connected to the blogs on the main web site