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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Dear Colleagues,

14_07_23

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 Scriptures. They work diligently at committing to memory critical passages not only for their own lives but portions that enable them to effectively minister to 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, correctly 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 God.” (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 the time 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







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