I heard all the stories about Jesus and His disciples as I was growing up. I learned that all believers were to go and make disciples. I received wonderful teaching in discipleship and in God’s Word. I even went to a discipleship class for months so that I could join my church.
I am disappointed that many today consume intellectual knowledge about discipleship yet their lives do not reflect a true follower and imitator of Jesus.
My heart is grieved to see so many believers playing church and just fulfilling requirements.
I think that as Bible teachers, we have failed in communicating true discipleship to our students and that we need to get back to basics in order to rebuild the spiritual foundation of God’s people.
We have been told to:
- go home and pray yet we have not taught how or actively practiced it with our students.
- study the Bible but we have not been given the tools to do so or different methods that would work well for each individual learner.
- tell friends about Jesus without learning creative, workable methods.
- share a personal testimony of a salvation experience yet we do not give the opportunity to share it first with Christian friends.
I want to challenge every teacher to rethink discipleship. It is 100% necessary to teach the spiritual fundamentals of what it means to be a disciple; however, I highly encourage each lesson to include creative hands on practice.
Yes, even everyone including adults need to practice the discipline of prayer. Children, teens through senior citizens will do well to experience new methods of Bible Study. We need to make our teaching time a laboratory for Christian growth. The new formula for learning becomes show them and then do it. Then practice, practice, practice!
- Lecture less and include hands on practice for disciples
- Become a facilitator. Think of creative hands on exercises for each class.
- Share different prayer methods and practice in every lesson.
- Help the student connect with a Bible study method that works for his or her individual needs.
- Include discipleship in every lesson.
- Share, practice and do it.
Promises: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations. Matthew 28:19a
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2
Partnering with God: Is practical hands-on discipleship a part of your teaching?
Are your students applying discipleship principles in their weekly walk with the Lord?
Do they know and understand different Bible study methods? Do they know other ways to pray other than supplication? Where can you change in your teaching to start making stronger committed disciples?
Let me know your thoughts!
Partnering with God,