Release of The SPIRIT
The Need to Disciple
The goal of discipleship is found in 2 Timothy 3:17—that every believer “be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” And the means to that end is found in the previous verse: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (verse 16). The Word of God is our template for discipleship; its proclamation and application are the process:
•Teaching – what we need to believe
•Rebuking – what we need to stop doing
•Correcting – what we need to start doing
•Training – what we need to become”
Let’s ask who the gifted teachers and preachers in our churches are. Who will help implement the Word so that discipleship happens in our lives? We need to pray for those teachers and preachers, honor them and thank God for them, and we need to pray that the Lord will raise up more people to teach and disciple other believers.
In addition to being taught by others, we must also read, study, and pray God’s Word personally, learning to feed ourselves. When we learn to feed ourselves spiritually, we cross a wonderful line of spiritual maturity and open ourselves up to a lifestyle of listening to the Lord and following Him more fully. This moves us beyond inspirational Sunday morning services. This brings us to intentional investment in the accountable growth of other believers.
Pray the Scriptures:
2 Timothy 3:10–17
Pray for increased understanding of God’s Word in your personal study as well as in the study of the teachers and preachers in your church. Ask God for discipleship partners.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)”