Who is Following You?

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2)

In our faith, we follow in someone’s steps. In our faith, we leave footprints to guide others. It’s the principle of discipleship. – Max Lucado

The apostle Paul sent the letter we call Ephesians, to his son in the faith, Timothy. Paul wanted to encourage him to be strong as Timothy served the church of Ephesus.

Timothy’s role was to build up the church during a time when leadership was weak and potentially yielding to falsehood. Paul was in prison, so he was unable to go to Ephesus himself. Instead, he sent his disciple to correct the church, and disciple their leaders. Paul’s goal was to advance the Gospel by training individuals who would then train others. 

Everything Timothy was taught regarding Jesus came from Paul, his spiritual father, and teacher. Timothy’s schooling began early; he was first called into service (Acts 16) to assist Paul. They traveled throughout Asia preaching the Gospel. Imagine all the wonders that young Timothy saw, heard and experienced. Paul wasn’t looking for cheap labor in Timothy, he was training his replacement. 

The pattern of discipleship is to hear, learn, grow and then teach others to hear, learn, grow and teach others. Jesus gave to His disciples all that the Father had given Him to teach. Consider Jesus’ words in His prayer to the Father, “Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me” (John 17:7–8). Jesus made disciples and then, having made disciples, He sent them out to repeat the process. In the same way, Paul heard from Jesus and taught Timothy, who in turn taught others.  

Discipleship is not an option – it is a mandate for the Christ Follower. Jesus’ imperative, in Matthew 28:19, isn’t to go and make converts, but rather to go make disciples. Conversion is only the introductory part of discipleship. Spiritual maturity in Christ is the fulfillment of discipleship. 

So, who is following you?

Being the Worshipper

God wants worshippers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship.

A. W. Tozer


The Evangelist

 7 Behaviors of a Balanced Believer – The Evangelist

Somehow we have gotten the notion that winning people to Christ is the business of the professionals. Not only is this belief wrong, but relegating it to the professionals is a death sentence to any church. Unless we the people, the people of our congregation are sharing our faith, our church dies. We will go into a maintenance mode, that is, maintaining the people that are here, without reaching the lost. And eventually, the people who are here will move away or die and then the church dies.


Will You Still Follow If…

Would you still follow Jesus in devoted discipleship if you knew that it would cost you everything, including your life?


Living the Abundant Life

Last week we saw Jesus bridge the gap from doubt to faith. Many of the disciples, like people of today, need very little proof that Jesus is alive. Others, like Thomas, require a bit more convincing. But once you know the truth that Jesus lives, the only thing left to do is to live in His transforming grace and the newness of life He’s given you, right?