About disciplining others
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The Bible is the only reliable source of information about discipleship from God's perspective. While I do not venerate the King James Version, every study must have an authority and I trust the KJV to be that authority.
The privilege of Disciplinng others is preceded by that of being an ambassador for Christ in this world. Consider: 2 Cor. 5:14-21"For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to empower those He lives in, giving them boldness to speak of what Christ did for them. Consider: John 15:26 "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:" Consider: Romans 10:10-18 "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"
The word preach here, not only applies to an evangelist or pastor, but of any one bringing the gospel to others. Paul continues assuring that many will not receive what we have to say about Jesus Christ. "16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world."
Bringing the gospel to others is the easiest part of being an ambassador for Christ, though it has its heartbreaks when most do not receive it. However, there is great joy when one receives Christ and is saved.
Then comes the hard part, that of discipleship. That takes many hours of work, consuming your time, sometimes some of your financial resources to purchase that one a Bible and a Concordance. This is a good thing to do, as you can be sure they do not get a perversion. Then go on to teach that person how to use them, so that person can have confidence in knowing what God has said, as opposed to what men say God said.
Discipling someone is to bring that one up spiritually, to be able to walk with the Lord. Consider: Romans 15:1-4 "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 3For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. 4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
There are a number of things of importance to understand here.
First they must have true empathy, to walk with them through their problems, being as it were a crutch that they might not fall in their recovery. Vs.1,3
Secondly all that we do and say should result in their edification, that is enlightening them, giving guidance and instruction for their recovery or restoration. Vs.2
Thirdly our mission is to be one of bringing comfort and encouragement and hope, not despair and hopelessness. Vs.4
Discipling someone often can be a slow and heartbreaking task that intrudes in the life of the one doing the Discipling, requiring self-sacrifice. Consider: Philip. 2:3-4, 16-18 "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. . . . .Vs.16Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. 17Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. 18For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me." Some try to shrug off the responsibility of discipleship of new converts to the pastor or teacher of a new converts class. It is true that they have an important place in the process of discipleship.
Nevertheless, the person that God used to lead that one to Christ, has the primary responsibility and privilege of raising that child of God to walk with the Lord. For that person to pass off that responsibility to another is abandonment at best, and spiritual abortion at its worse. On the other hand, I can testify from personal experience that helping one to be a disciple, that is to walk with the Lord, is a privilege that brings great joy and reward to those who practice it. There is nothing that surpasses helping someone to reach their potential in the Lord. Keep in mind, God's will is that discipleship should start at home. It is to this end we have this Web-Site. The material in this outline has been compiled from our Bible course "The Family of God Bible Outlines" It is a Biblicist perspective of discipleship for the family of God that is focused on learning to know the person of God and His will for our lives. All scripture references are from the authority of the KJV of the Bible.
Thank you for visiting our site and taking the time to read and consider what is said here. If it has been a help to you, I would appreciate your comments and any questions you may have, or if I may be of more help to you in reaching your potential in Christ our Lord.
May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith
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