All of us know the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20: Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” MSG
Yet, requests come in from all over the nation for a disciple making plan. Various churches have offered their own plan to make disciples who make disciples. You may have even tried several books or even written your own plan. But many of us still struggle with a clear process to help fellow believers along the maturity process of discipleship. Well, I have another great option for you to consider: Disciples Path.
What do you look for when considering a guide to help you make disciples? The Beginning, First Steps for New Disciples (the first of the 6-book series) is a great foundation for you and the 3 or 4 people with whom you are beginning a discipling journey.
Here are three of the criteria I used to evaluate a disciple making guide:
1. We know that one of the biggest transformers of a life for Christ is spending time with God in His Word. So the first thing I look for in a resource on disciple making is something that pushes me to have a quiet time/devotional/daily time in the Word. The Beginning has emphasized this time by giving you personal worship, personal study and application sections each week for your own use between meetings.
2. Next I look for a guide/help in having a discussion in a community of 3 or 4. I am not looking for a curriculum with a lesson to be taught but a discussion to be shared. The Beginning has helpful guides for you and your friends to pray together, read and discuss the Bible. These guides serve as launching points for deeper conversation.
3. Let’s do this: I am an active (some say hyper) person who does not like to just sit and talk about something. I am usually the first one out of the room to go do ‘it’. In one of my early church staff roles I had a deacon who said in almost every meeting, “Men, let’s put feet on these prayers.” I guess this stuck. The Beginning (and all 6 books in the Disciples Path series) has application suggestions. You will walk away from the group discussion with a plan to put into practice what you have discussed.
The key to a disciple making resource is to use it. So let’s get started!
“This six book/discussion guides were created by experienced disciple makers across the nation, it is an intentional path of transformational discipleship. While most small-group studies facilitate transformation through relationship and information, these disciple-making resources do it through the principles of modeling, practicing, and multiplying.”
For more on Disciples Path click HERE