Discipleship in the Church
Discipleship is or should be the focus of the Church in coverting the lost and strengthening the converted. The Great Commission as found in Holy Scripture states:
Discipleship should be both intentional and relational. It is not a quick fix relegating spiritual growth to a few points and a pat on the back. It is, however, the blood, sweat, and tears that are poured into the lives of those around you with the desire to see them grow in Grace.
How is Discipleship Done?
It is done personally, in the family, locally, by the Body, and as a Community. It is a focused relationship with those around us, those newer to the faith, those who are hurting and in need of someone coming along side them and encouraging them in the faith. Discipleship is opening the Scriptures and pouring our lives into someone else. It is looking at others as hopefully someone once looked at us. Discipleship is done where the rubber meets the road.
Training the Family
Fathers, we cannot ignore the impact we have on our wives and children. We are called to be the spiritual leaders in our homes: The Priest, Protector, and Provider that God would have us to be. It is often a daunting task and one that too many fathers today shirk. We have a great responsibility fathers, one that includes modeling how our Heavenly Father is perceived, to our children and those under us in the Lord. Take it seriously....God does.
Discipleship in the church
Training people in the church to work in the fields of our Master is very important. There are tools we must have...we must prepare and be prepared for whatever may come our way. Having a secure and solid foundation in the Word of God is a necessary pre-requisite for leading in the Church. Without knowing the Doctrines you are trying to Disciple others in how will any attempt at discipleship ever work? What kind of heresy will be taught among our youth that will spread throughout the Body infecting future generations? We must always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within us and to instruct others where that hope comes from.
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