Men as Warrior Disciple-Makers 1
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. 12 It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
1: Reading the Bible
Christians believe that the Bible is inspired by God and authoritative for our lives. But we need to understand the Bible for ourselves, so that requires the basic habit of Bible study and reading daily or weekly.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
The Christian life is more than a religion, it is a relationship with a personal God. Just like any relationship, communication is essential. That is what the habit of prayer is all about.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Never stop praying.
Connecting with the people around us in a meaningful way is the natural result of connecting with God. The habit of connection is all about discovering and sharing God’s truth in the context of intentional relationships through a variety of groups. Without God’s people helping us to discover and live the truth, it’s difficult to live to honor God on a regular basis.
Hebrews 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…
The Christian life is not only about what we can get. The most mature Christians are givers.
2 Corinthians 8:7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
Very few activities in the Christian life demonstrate and unveil the true heart of a person more than his/her willingness to freely give of their money and resources to God. Indeed, very few disciplines more clearly demonstrate a person’s command of the gospel—and its control of them.
Malachi 3:8-11 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes…
Jim Elliot's famous words, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
5. Evangelism The consistent discipline of sharing the gospel is foundational in the Christian life and is a key expression of the virtues of faithfulness, wisdom, and thankfulness. Therefore, the virtuous Christian makes it a habit to be sharing the gospel with various people.
Mark 16:15-19 And He said to them, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. … 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
6. Disciple others/Mentoring
Jesus called every disciple to make disciples. Mentoring (disciple-making) as a Christian is as easy as helping someone discover the truth of God’s Word and inviting them to live it out in their everyday lives.
Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations…. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you….
Mark 3:14 Then Jesus appointed twelve, that they would be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.
2 Timothy 2:2 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.
We also can ask, "Are you discipling anyone?'
Is your life summarized by a passion to invest what God has taught you into the lives of others?
Paul is speaking about the need for Timothy to speak only what has been spoken to him. This training has several aspects.
• Need to be Communicated
• Mutual Accountability and friendship
• Teach others
If you haven’t practiced one of these habits before, start trying out that habit in your life. Or, think about which habit you are weakest in doing, and take steps to develop that habit in your life.
Four Generations of Disciples in Paul’s Statement to Timothy:
Paul >> Timothy >> Faithful Men >> Others >>
Moses discipled ________________________.
Elijah discipled ________________________.
Jesus discipled the ________________________.
Barnabas discipled ________________________.
Paul discipled ________________________.
You will disciple ________________________
1. Jesus not religion2. Apologetics3. Doctrine (Trinity, Justification, Etc.) 4. Holy Spirit – Emotionally, intellectually, & Spiritually.
The Way to Change/Grow
· Recognize weakness or problem
· Admit/Confess it
· Hate it – for sin grieves God.
· Pray for Wisdom to overcome and improve
· Be absolutely determined to change and improve
· Plan with steps to improve
· Daily Pray for Holy Spirit: Filling and zeal/passion
· Aim and Strive to fulfill plan
· Memorize scripture