Jesus left me (and each of you) to spend our lives “making disciples”. Jesus wants us to do what lasts forever, but so many of us labor at where to start, how to do this, and will we fail if we try. That is Satan’s best way to stop the work Jesus left us to do. So, how do we get started?
Have you ever been discipled? By that, I mean, have you ever sat and learned about the basics of following Christ from someone, one-on-one, where you could pause them and ask questions?
HAVE YOU BEEN PERSONALLY DISCIPLED?
That personal, face-to-face discipleship model: is what Jesus Christ did in the Four Gospels when He called and trained His 12 disciples.
That personal, face-to-face discipleship model: is what we being done in the Book of Acts.
That personal, face-to-face discipleship model is: what prompts the letters to individuals and churches that are called the Epistles of the New Testament.
That personal, face-to-face discipleship model is: often rare in our fast-paced, overwhelmed lives; but it is priceless when given and received.
I have to admit that no one ever came up to me and asked me if they could teach me the basics of the life of a believer. I went to Sunday School, Youth Group, and countless church services. All were good, all were filled with so much truth, but I never had that model of a Q&A, sit-down, face-to-face discipleship. I had only read about discipleship in books and read about discipleship in missionary biographies.
So when I started college, I decided to stop waiting and start getting discipled. I made a list of men that impressed me with their study skills, teaching manner, preaching style, public prayers, Scripture memory, and soul-winning or evangelism skills. Then systematically over an eight-year period, I followed, wrote, called, and persisted with that list until I had sat with each one and asked them how to learn to do what they did. It was an amazing time.
Concurrently with all that personal training, I began to practice what I was being taught, which was the:
JOY OF POURING OUR LIVES INTO OTHERS
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