discipling

Jesus gave us a mandate: “GO and MAKE Disciples.” To teach us what he meant and the “how to,” He went to the little town in Samaria, and there he made a new disciple. She is simply known as the Woman at the Well.

She not only became a disciple but she began the discipling process by telling others about her experience with Christ.  She said the same words that Jesus said: “Come and see….”

Listen to the villager’s words after she shared the change in her life:

“No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one really is the Savior of the world.”

And that is what a discipler is to do today as they meet new people who are unchurched or churched but do not know. She was the presenter of the words of life, but they made a decision for themselves.

Don’t you wonder what happened after Jesus stayed there for three days? Where did the words of life go as they and other disciples of Christ shared their life altering experiences that came to them as they accepted Christ as their personal savior? They were sent around the world and you and I are the recipients. Jesus said, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,” and that is the premise where we must begin. We are the “now” generation to go and tell, to say “come and see…” in order that we may be fulfilling the “go and make disciples” command.

As you begin with your new disciple, you must teach them to hunger and thirst for God’s Word just like Jeremiah: “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart.” As we begin our journey with a new disciple, our first order of business is to plant a hunger in the hearts of those to whom we are sent. Our prayer and our desire is that they, too, find God’s Word a joy and a delight.

The how to seems so simple, but our archenemy seeks to find ways to distract us from just saying those simple three words. But, remember Isaiah 55: “My ways are higher than your ways.” Trust God to direct you to the next person that needs to hear, “come and see.”

Next time we will discuss training the disciple One2One.

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About Gaye Austin

When not writing for the Bible.org ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled http://sonshinesjournal.com/ As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the Bible.org ministry where she works as a full-time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way, she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas, she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter; a senior at Baylor University. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.

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