Acts 20:1-6 (NIV)
1 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia. 2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 3 where he stayed three months. Because the Jews made a plot against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 6 But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.
One of the reasons the churches and work of Paul continued is because Paul never did anything alone. He was always taking people with him to do the work of ministry. One of Paul’s values was that everything he was doing was an excuse to disciple people. Even as he was striving to accomplish God’s calling on his life to bring the gospel to the Gentiles, he worked with a team and was always in the process of discipling his team along the way. The same should be true for us as believers today. We need to be purposeful about making and maturing disciples and one of the best ways to do that is to have people “do life together” with you. From GROW groups to ministry opportunities, even at work, we can be purposeful about making and maturing disciples.
Here is a simple plan…
Identify someone who can invest your life in. It helps if they share some of the interests and goals that you share so that you can do life together in a natural way. All of the people with Paul shared the interest of wanting to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.
Recruit them. Don’t wait for someone to ask you, be bold and ask them if they would like to enter into a discipleship relationship with you.
Train and release them. Paul’s method was a simple method. It was very much like Jesus’ method of training and releasing.
I do you watch and we talk about it.
We do together and we talk about it.
You do and I watch and we talk about it.
You find someone else and repeat the process.
Are you discipling someone? Are you training up the next group of believers who will continue the work and mission that God has called us to? Don’t assume that someone else is going to do the work of discipleship. You need to be discipled and then disciple someone, and these can occur concurrently.
If you would like more information on starting a one on one discipleship with someone contact the church office and we would be happy to give you some resources to do that.
Let’s create a discipleship culture here at DSC and beyond.