Arashicage And we neglect to raise up workers and leaders who can disciple young believers into mature and fruitful Christians. He told us to make disciples. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.
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He writes as a practitioner, not a theoretician. On the whole the insights are just as relevant today as they were forty years ago. Chapter titles are: 1. The Need for Multiplying Disciples 2. Biblical Examples of Discipleship Training 3. Making Disciples in the Early Church 4. People Help People 5. The Process of Making Disciples 6. Training Objectives for a Disciple 7.
The Workers are Still Few 8. How to Develop Workers 9. Training Objectives for a Worker The Need for Leadership How to Train Leaders Confident and Unashamed Appendix 1. Training Objectives for a Disciple Appendix 2. How to Multiply the Ministry Appendix 3. Oh, there is a group of people who meet in our assembly, but I wonder what will happen to them when I leave.
They are not disciples. They have been faithful in listening to my sermons, but they do not witness. Few of them know how to lead another person to Christ. They know nothing about discipling others. I said that the ministry of the gospel was to be done by all of us—laymen and clergy alike. All of us together are to be a great witnessing brotherhood, but we need training. These men were his work. His ministry touched thousands, but he trained twelve men.
He gave his life on the cross for millions, but during the three and half years of his ministry he gave his life uniquely to twelve men. To him this was a momentous decision that would have far-reaching consequences.
How far reaching? The consequences of that ministry have continued to this day and by the grace of God will continue through our lives into the lives of thousands in the years to come. They were not all alike, twelve photocopies of each other. In our making disciples, we should not select only those who are like us in temperament or personality. But it will cost him. Such men need his sermons and instruction, but he will have to share his life with them.
And that costs. One, that they would be of help to Him then and there in carrying out his mission. Two, that they would carry on after he was gone.
He must have clearly in mind what he wants them to know and understand of the things of God; he must know what are the basic ingredients in a life of discipleship.
He must have a clear picture of what he wants these disciples to become. He must know what bedrock elements of Christian character must be theirs and what kind of people they should be. He must have a vivid vision of what he wants them to learn to do and a workable plan to help them accomplish it.
The apostles followed them with their prayers and with their concern. Why are fruitful, dedicated, mature disciples so rare? The biggest reason is that all too often we have relied on programs or materials or some other thing to do the job. The ministry is to be carried on by people, not programs. It is to be carried out by someone and not by some thing. Disciples cannot be mass produced. We cannot drop people into a program and see disciples emerge at the end of the production line.
It takes time to make disciples. It takes individual, personal attention. It takes hours of prayer for them. It takes patience and understanding to teach them how to get into the Word of God for themselves, how to feed and nourish their souls, and by the power of the Holy Spirit how to apply the word to their lives. And it takes being an example to them of all of the above.
Col Pg. They stuck with it. And they did. They proved to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work the Lord had sent them to do. They must be motivated to become disciples, they must have regular fellowship with Jesus Christ, and they must witness to Him.
They must be motivated in two directions—inward and outward. Inwardly they must be motivated to have fellowship with Jesus Christ, and outwardly they must become witnesses for Jesus Christ. The whole process should be approached with much prayer and through, perhaps illustrated by the way a new building project is handled. The key is to do it slowly and not try to do too much with too many too soon. The spectators are still out there and many of them want to remain that way. The problem is that many Christians do not know how to get it for themselves.
They are like babies in a pantry surrounded by all kinds of canned goods—meats, fruits, vegetables. And we need to help others do the same. Two principles must be taught to the people: one God does it, and two, He sues people. The commission is to make disciples not converts, so your goal should be to help the new Christian become a fruitful, mature disciple.
I have learned the hard way that it is impossible to disciple a person who is spiritually dead. He needs two things communicated to him: love and acceptance. He needs protection, fellowship, food, and training. One is to teach him the Word. Unless you teach him to feed himself, he will always be dependent for his spiritual nourishment. These things will take time, but it is your responsibility to teach them to him. He even says that significant damage can be done to those who are not called to be a worker.
Here Eims uses worker synonymously with maker of disciples. They have seen the vision for multiplication and are eager to be involved in it. He has become a worker. When a person has raised up a worked, he has both reproduced more disciples and himself as a worker. This spiritual multiplication reproduces both disciples and workers. The answer is one word: hunger. They must hunger to become makers of disciples, and this hunger may be seen in three areas. His classrooms were the events of the day.
He was what He taught. He transmitted His message by His life. For your life to transmit effectively, two things are required: availability and transparency. So open your life to those who can handle what they see. Share your heart with that inner core as Jesus did. You are concerned with their spiritual makeup: their dedication, commitment, maturity, vision, ministry skills, and the deepening of their lives in the Lord.
They are: 1. Fight and drive. Ability to spot and recruit achievers. He has stability. He has organizational ability. He has judgment and creativity. He is reliable. He is resourceful. He is adaptable. He is enthusiastic.
Recommended Reading: “The Lost Art of Disciplemaking,” by Leroy Eims
Sermons by Leroy Eims