TEN CHARACTERISTICS OF A DISCIPLE MAKER
(Part #2 of 10)
#2 He is equipped in God’s word
If we entertain any ambition to effectively disciple people, it is
imperative that we take informed and disciplined measures toward
mastering the word of
God. After all, “the Scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God, and fit him fully for all branches of his work” (2
Tim. 3:17 - Phillips Trans.).
From my personal experience, and from a life time of observation, the
true laborers are those who engage in serious, systematic study of the
They work diligently at committing to memory critical passages not only
for their own lives but portions that enable them to effectively
others. As Paul wrote to Timothy, “
Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God
approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed,
analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully
teaching] the Word of Truth”
(2 Tim. 2:15 –Amp.)
As God’s ministers, it is our responsibility to:
Present the word of God with total integrity: “
We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use
deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by
setting forth the truth
plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of
(2 Cor. 4:2).
Be everlastingly at it: “
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct,
rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. For
will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine...
” (2 Tim. 4:2,3a) (See Ecc. 11:1-6; 2 Tim. 2:24-26)
Be vigilant because:
- “Ignorant and unstable people [will] distort [the] Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2 Pet. 3:16b).
- Charlatans will seek to profiteer off of the word of God: “…Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit...” (2 Cor. 2:17a).
Training people to get the word of God into their lives is no simple
task. It involves patience, time, and struggle. It also involves
helping them make a
major change in their lifestyle by totally re-ordering their
priorities…All necessary in building into them the discipline of
spending regular time with
God in meditation and prayer; time in systematic study of the
Scriptures, and time developing the discipline of cultivating a regular
and sustained pattern
of memorizing the word of God.
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill