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Life on Life Discipleship

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IMG_1263“And 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

The great need of the church today is for those who claim the name of Christ to be committed.  Now one might question what that commitment should be to and look like.  I must admit as the shepherd of a flock that there is a certain tedium to constantly gathering and guiding straying sheep.  None the less it is our calling, but can we do better?  Is there some aspect to building the kingdom of God here on earth that perhaps we’re missing?

In our text the Apostle Paul gave this charge to his disciple, Timothy: “And 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)  Did you notice that I said that Timothy was Paul’s disciple?  The Great Commission from our Lord says that we are to, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”  (Matthew 28:19-20)  Too often we have allowed ourselves to become consumed with converts and maintaining crowds rather than making disciples.

If we are going to be effective at making disciples there are some things that need to be established in our own lives.  First, we need our own spiritual mentor who will pray for us and teach us how to lead others.  Second, we need to be a daily consumer of God’s Word.  Not just reading it, but studying it and praying that God would give us an increasing hunger for it.  Third, we need to be a learner to be a leader, constantly improving as a leader and follower of Christ.  Finally, and most importantly we need to pray that the Holy Spirit will empower us to learn how to lead others well and to follow through on doing it.

I’m always amazed at how people shy away or back off when you challenge them to get involved in a life group and the life on life discipleship process.  Too many want to sit in a seat on Sunday and then be left alone after they’ve fulfilled their perceived obligation or duty.  However, we need to remember that discipleship is an intensely relational process.  We know by looking at the example Jesus set for us that He was constantly with His twelve and they were not merely “acquainted” with each other, but they knew each other as well as you could know anyone.  This is often the greenhouse that God wants to use in our lives for spiritual growth and we should never back away from asking people to commit to this.

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