Matthew 28: 18-20
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.”
Jesus loved His disciples
He encouraged the disciples.
He comforted the disciples.
Do you love the people you are discipling? Are you willing to lay down your life for them?
Jesus spent time with His disciples
Jesus gave His disciples a clear and compelling vision: Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
He taught them, corrected them, and admonished them.
Do you spend time with the people you are discipling? More than a few hours at church each week? Do you help them understand the enormity of the mission?
Jesus prayed for His disciples
He taught them how to pray, He prayed for them, He prayed with them.
Do you pray for the people you are discipling?
The Lord uses people like you and me to accomplish His will here on earth. Pray for the Lord to send someone for you to disciple; keep your eyes open for natural relationships. When you find them, pray for the Spirit to inspire them towards a lifetime of service.
Spend time together, study the Scriptures, pray with them, pray for them, tell them what is expected. Determine their interests and spiritual gifts. Everyone has a story; listen to them and learn their story. Be with them in times of joy and times of grief, celebrate life events with them, share meals with them.
Give yourself away, demonstrate how the Lord can help a person live and serve. Model minisity with them, take them with you, let them participate in service activities. Be a humble servant: Matthew 18:4. Be last (Mark 9:35), be least (Luke 9:48), and be low (Philippians 2:3). Have fun together!
Assign them to serve in a ministry,let them minister to others. Monitor their progress, and pray for them to find someone to disciple.
Our prayer is that we would edify, encourage, and equip those who visit.
1st Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Revelation 4:8b Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.