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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Real-life Discipleship - Equipping Disciples Who Make Disciples

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Discipleship is one of the calling of Christians that is full of questions and confusion. I will admit it was never one of those things I figured would be on my list. I mean that is why other Christians do.

Then I started serving in the high school group at church and realized I wasn't just serving, I was dipping my toe into discipleship. And that was as a scary realization.

So first point, realize that every single Christian is called to be a disciple - Just look at Matthew 4:19, And He said to them, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men."  Sound familiar? Yep it's a call for all followers, not just the original disciples.

That being said, this is a manual that is essential for Christians as they realize this call is meant for each and every one of us. Let's be honest, as soon as this realization hits, the next thought, is how in the world are we supposed to do that?! And that is where this manual comes in.

Second point, this is a serious manual study. It will take at least the 12 weeks set up in the contents. And I recommend having this as a class taught by a seasoned disciple within your church, because again this is a topic that is difficult to swallow.
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All that being said, here's what the manual focuses on: Finding the way to disciple to others no matter where they are in their level of Christian maturity. A great amount of time is spent making sure the stages of maturity for a Christian are understandable. I would quickly say that it is easy to know that not every Christian is at the same point in his or her walk, but that doesn't mean they don't need to be discipled, or be discipling someone else.

The above wheel is the break down of the different levels and it is really the heart of the study. Realizing that each Christian is in a different place allows for understanding of what their needs are. Those needs have to be met before that person can mature into the next level. If you are in a group of spiritual infants, or children, this study will be too much - but if you are in the young adult or parent category, think about this next time the question about discipling others comes up. 

Personally this was great because it helped to show me where I stood in my Christian life, and what I need to do to keep moving forward. There are so many practical steps in growing yourself, and how to guide others through their growing process, that I feel this is a great manual for those times when Christians feel like the call in front of them is just too overwhelming. 

Going into the fall, I figured that there might be groups looking for a great study for the new school year for their study groups or small groups, and this could be a great option. Well maybe I should be more specific, this study would be great for leaders in a church, or serious study groups, as it is full of heavy discussion points. If you decide this is something you are interested in, I'd love to hear from you. Or if you have been part of this study, please let me know what you thought of it. Did it help you? Was it just overwhelming? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Awesome post and study to be sure. And you are so right we are all called. Thank you for sharing!

  2. just about to start my first discipleship group and very excited! thx for your post!

    1. Wow what a great step! I hope it is a great experience for you


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