Three Reminders as we Disciple

This is part 2 of Dana’s post on Who Do We Help; if you missed it click here.
Since last fall I have been discipling “Sandy.”  Recently graduated, she had been a leader in her campus ministry (Not NavsJ). Though she had met with a staff woman she was not sure if she had actually been discipled. Because “Sandy” had been a leader in her campus ministry I could have assumed that she was complete in “the basics.”  I could have rushed ahead sharing some sophisticated discipleship topics but instead chose to offer her the milk topics her soul longed for.  

My times with “Sandy” help illustrate three good reminders for discipleship. 
1) Share His Word
It is so easy in our world today to spend time talking about anything and everything but His Word. If we look at the example of Jesus when tempted by Satan in Matthew 4 we see that Jesus combatted the devil with Scripture.  And He was not thrown off when the devil wrongly quoted Scripture back at Him in an attempt to manipulate Him. Jesus told the devil,
“Man shall not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
If Jesus memorized, lived by, and saw the Word as His major lifeline to God how much more should we?  To ensure growth as we disciple someone, we must intentionally share His Word.
2) Don’t Assume Anything
One of my personal weaknesses as a discipler is that I often assume a woman is more mature than she truly is. It is easy to distort a woman’s spiritual needs—especially if, for example, she has a doctorate degree, her dad is a pastor, or she has gone to church her whole life. It takes great humility on the part of both the discipler and the one she is helping to go after the basics of the Christian life.
Hebrews 5 clues us into the deficits believers might suffer because they are malnourished and have never grown up in their faith.  Discerning maturity and then appropriate content will ensure growth to the healthy place where they are ready and able to teach others (v. 12), and live the joyous godly life God desires for them (vv. 13-14).
3) Remember to Keep It Simple
Sometimes we think we have to make discipling equivalent to getting a higher degree! Listen to what was said about the first disciplers:
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men,
they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”  ACTS 4:13 NIV
The most important thing is not that we have been to seminary or read every book we can find on discipleship. Rather, it is that we know and have been with Jesus. Because we know Him we can share Him. Discussing and praying over a few foundational verses with a woman is more valuable than presenting her with the top ten things we know about some complicated and controversial topic.
When I began meeting with “Sandy” she was already discipling another girl she knew from campus. She began sharing the basics with her also. As we disciple one-on-one let’s invest His Word, not assume anything about her growth and keep what we share simple!  We have been given the opportunity to impact our world through discipling another with the intent that she will grow strong and then help others.
Dana
Dana with Tom has been on staff with the Navs for over 30 years and married over 40 years. They are blessed with six children and seven grandchildren. Dana has lived in many places throughout her life time: Florida, Maryland, Indonesia, Chicago and Colorado Springs to name a few. Dana’s loves are the Word of God, people and helping people learn.  

To contact Dana please email her at: Dana.Yeakley@navigators.org

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