Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Dear Colleagues,

Good Morning!

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If we are serious about fulfilling the Great Commission to “go make disciples of all nations,” we will be wise to understand and utilize the principles Jesus employed in discipling the Twelve:+

#1 SELECTION: Men were his method: “When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose

twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.” (Lk. 6:13) (See Matt. 4:21; 9:9; Mk. 3:13-19; Jn. 1:43-51)

Question : Am I selecting out a few people to disciple who are eager to grow into Christlikeness? (2 Tim. 2:2)

#2 ASSOCIATION: Christ stayed with them: “…Surely I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

(Matt. 28:20) (See Matt. 19:1-20; Mk. 7:24, 31; 8:10; Lk. 22:41; Jn. 11:54)

Question : Am I committed to staying with a few until they reach a reasonable level of maturity? (Act. 20:31)

#3 CONSECRATION: He required obedience: “Take my yoke upon you…” (Matt. 11:29a)(See Lk. 14:26-33)

Question : Am I expecting my disciples to live in radical obedience to the Scriptures? (Jn. 8:31, 32; 1 Jn. 2:3-6)

#4 DEMONSTRATION: He showed them how to live: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (Jn. 13:15) (See 1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 4:9; 1 Thes. 1:6; 2 Thes. 3:7, 9; 2 Tim. 3:10,11)

Question : Am I modeling the life of Christ before my aspiring disciples? (Prov. 23:26; Heb. 13:7; 1 Pet. 5:3)

#5 DELEGATION: He assigned them work: “Come, follow me, ‘Jesus said,’ and I will make you fishers of

men.’” (Matt. 4:19) (See Matt. 9:34-38; Lk. 10: 1,2; Jn. 4:34-38; Eph. 4:11-16)

Question : Am I training my disciples by giving them ministry responsibilities? (Jn. 4:2; Mk. 6:7; Lk. 9:1,2)

#6 SUPERVISION: He kept check on them: “Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?” (Mk. 8:17)

Question: Am I requiring accountability of my disciples? (Mk. 6:30; 9:38; Lk. 9:10)

#7 REPRODUCTION: He expected them to reproduce: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (Jn. 15:16) (See Psa. 92:12-14; Isa. 61:3; Matt. 5:16; 2 Cor. 9:10-15; Phil. 1-11)

Question : Am I expecting my disciples to reproduce their lives, or am I settling for a flurry of activity?(Jn.15:8)

#8 IMPARTATION: He gave himself away: “…Everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (Jn. 15:15b) (See Jer. 23: 1-40; Psa. 1:1-6; Prov. 11:30; Isa. 3:10; Matt. 3:8; 7:15-23; Heb. 13:15)

Question : Am I sharing my life with my disciples? (Jn. 15:13; Phil 2:25-30; 1 Thes. 2:8; 1 Jn. 3:16-18)

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* (Original release date April 30th, 2003)

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