Discipleship training Lesson #17-Why spiritual reproduction does not work!
This is an ongoing work in progress. While I am writing these articles on discipleship, I am actually doing these same things with other men on a regular basis. Spiritual reproduction is my goal with them. I want them to be able to teach these things to another man that God gives to them. That is the principle of disciplemaking in 2 Timothy 2:2. "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."
Visualize if you would that you are sitting across from me in a restaurant, and we are having an exciting conversation about making disciples.
I would suggest getting a three ring binder notebook for your new disciple, print all these pages as you work with your disciple, so that they may reproduce this in the life of another.
Luke 16:10-12 " He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
My friend, are you producing disciples for the Lord Jesus Christ?
If you will read carefully over the verses above in Luke 16:10-12, perhaps we can discover together why our lives are so barren.
I was thinking about this concept today on April 1, 2003, and was wondering why there were times in my life when spiritual reproduction was the farthest thing from my mind. I was too busy on my everyday "list of things to do" and just did not take time to think about how to influence men and women for Jesus.
And then I listened to Dawson Trotman's tape, "Born to Reproduce" again. It is my practice to listen to this tape about once a month. I have done this for years.
Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators, was converted at age 20, gave the remaining 30 years of his life to vigorous pursuit of the goal "to know Christ and to make him known." His passion was to win men to Christ and then to see them grow and reproduce themselves by winning others to Christ.You can order a copy of the booklet from the Navigator's web site if you like. Here is the link.
1. Open up your Bible to the Gospel of Mark. Make a note of every encounter that Jesus had with his disciples. After you finish, ask God to reveal to you how you can put this into practice with your mentor and your disciple.
2. Commit yourself to spending regular time with the people whom God gives you as a "Paul" or a "Timothy". Set yourself a regular time each week to meet with that person, and make it a priority in your life.
3. Get a notebook and keep a spiritual diary about your relationship. Use it as a prayer reminder to pray for your friends.