This series of blogs is designed to complement two sermon series: The More You’ve Never Seen Before and The Bucket Project. The purpose of these “discipleship” blogs is to give you the information you need about being discipled and being a discipler. Since these blogs are intended to be a resource, they’re a modified version of my teaching notes on this subject throughout the years.
What prevents you from serving as a discipler?
- I don’t have time.
- Who were the people in your life…
- …who could’ve helped you but didn’t have the time?
- …who actually made the time to help you?
- Which person would you rather be?
- I’m not qualified.
- Do you have experience?
- Can you teach from your obedience and disobedience?
- Can you teach from your blessings and consequences?
- Can you teach from your successes and failures?
- Do you have knowledge?
- Are you further down the road than someone else?
- What’s your area of expertise?
- Do you have access…
- … to people with wisdom?
- … to people with experience?
- … to people with expertise?
- … to people with influence?
- … to people with connections?
- Can you be a friend?
- Can you be an encourager?
- Can you speak the truth in love?
- Can you hold a friend accountable?
- Can you ask quality questions?
- Can you listen?
- I don’t know how.
- Can you learn?
- It’s more relationship than it is technique.
- It’s more talking than it is teaching.
Who’s qualified to serve as a discipler?
- Anyone who’s committed to loving God.
And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the great and first commandment.
- Anyone who’s committed to loving people.
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.
- Anyone who’s committed to making disciples.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
What are my next steps today?
- Get in a group.
- Subscribe to Love Works with Chris and Karin Conlee and listen to our seven podcasts on mentoring.
- Buy four copies of Priority Time and go through it together with three friends.
Come back next week to learn about The Top Four Characteristics of a Discipleship Relationship.