Question: Have you ever been discipled? What did they do that made an impact in your life?
It’s been quite a while since I updated last, so I wanted to quickly share with you some of the things I’ve been learning here at Mountainside Missionary Training (MMT). Last week we learned about discipleship. It was incredible to go through the Bible and see not only the examples of discipleship but also the call on our lives to BE disciples and disciple-makers! So here are three things we were taught that really impacted me.
1. We cannot teach what you do not do. As we live among community, and are becoming leaders in the faith of Christ, we should not only preach but LIVE what we preach. Think about leaders you’ve had who live opposite of what they teach….how likely were you to trust in their words? Not likely. So therefore, if we are sharing the Gospel with the world and with each other and encouraging one another to stand fast and solid in Truth, shouldn’t we then too live in that?
“Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:6-8 ESV)
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7 ESV)
2. We are called to make disciples. Jesus tells us very plainly that we are to make disciples, and what are disciples but those who actively seek teaching & instruction? So we are in the same way to make disciples who seek God’s teaching and instruction, to lead them in study of scripture, to help younger Christians grow in their relationship with God so that they might also make disciples and teach those who are younger in the faith than they are to revere God and live in His way.
“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.'” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”(John 15:8 ESV)
3. We are equipped and must be prepared. We are told in scripture that God has given us “everything we need” to live this life. So why should we hold back from discipling or sharing the Gospel….because we are afraid? because we lack something? We do not lack anything! God has put the Holy Spirit in our hearts, and He himself will give us the words to say at the right time. Know why you have put your faith in God…what compelled us to believe and trust? Be confident then, that He who began a good work in you, will carry it on until the end.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
“So, naturally, we proclaim Christ! We warn everyone we meet, and we teach everyone we can, all that we know about him, so that, if possible, we may bring every man up to his full maturity in Christ. This is what I am working at all the time, with all the strength that God gives me.” (Colossians 1:28-29 PHILLIPS)
“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” (1 Peter 3:13-16 ESV)