#1 LOVE: Paul was willing to give his very life for people, not because of what they could do for him,
but simply because he loved them:
“…We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” (I Thess. 2:7,8)
#2 PROTECTION: The Apostle Paul protected his flock in five ways:
(1) Prayer – Col. 1:9-13
(2) Visits – Act. 15:36
(3) Sending Others – I Cor. 4:15-17
(4) Writing – I Cor. 2:9
(5) Assuring Them of Victory in Christ – I Cor. 10:13
#3 FOOD: Paul taught, fed, and urged his disciples to ingest and apply the word of God:
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace , which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Act. 20:32) (See II Tim. 4:2; I Pet. 2:2,3)
#4 FELLOWSHIP: The writer to the Hebrews expressed concern that believers assemble together:
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together , as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:24, 25) (See Act. 2: 42-47)
#5 TRAINING: Paul did not just tell them what to do, or leave them on their own. He showed them, and walked with them.
“… We instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” (I Thess. 4:1) (See II Tim. 3:10,11)
QUESTION: If you are currently discipling someone, do you have in mind the fundamental knowledge, skills and values that you want built into his or her life? Have you thought through how to go about it?
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
R. Dwight Hill
+Adapted from an article by LeRoy Eims, “Discipleship Journal”; issue 107 (Original release date June 13th, 2001)