Hands-On Discipleship for the Twenty-First Century
Michael Pouliot @ Mar 15, 2006 07:21 PM
Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20, NIV
If Jesus set the example for true discipleship as He trained His 12 men, why are we settling for a half-baked, fuzzy discipleship model? Jesus discipled His men over a three-year intensive “hands-on” process. They lived together, ate together, prayed together, and watched Jesus heal the sick and cast out demons. The truth is: the First Century culture in which they lived helped foster the kind of training process necessary for authentic discipleship.
So what should discipleship look like today if Jesus set the bar as our Discipleship Coach Role Model?
What Discipleship is NOT
• being taught the Word of God,
that person is not experiencing true Biblical discipleship.
What is Discipleship?
Discipleship is a caring personal investment between the one discipling and a willing, teachable pupil. This process happens daily, weekly, yearly and beyond. The one who is discipling must be a Chirst-Follower who knows how to follow Jesus themselves. You cannot reproduce what you don’t possess yourself. Or, to put it another way, you can’t give what you do not have. I cannot feed the hungry if I do not first get food. If you do not know how to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, you cannot show someone else how to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Thus, you will be ineffective at discipleship. The problem occurs when an immature Christian agrees to follow a man who does not put Jesus as Lord or if an immature Christian attempts to disciple another immature Christian. The goal of discipleship is to help teach, show and coach another Believer to become a C3-Christian: Conformity to the Character of Christ, so he can do the same.
Vision: Coach every willing man to live victorious IN Christ.
Mission: “BattleZONE Ministries develops performance-based resources using Biblical principals and assists the local church in equipping men to live victorious IN-Christ.”
Our Purpose is the Strategy
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By His Grace---for His Glory
Michael C. Pouliot