Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The 17 Steps Of A New Testament Strategy for Discipleship

Planning is good. Often times a good plan is the difference between success and failure. Sometimes, though, a plan can mistakenly become an impediment to success.

Sometimes we forget that spiritual growth is not something we can manufacture. We can cultivate, plant seeds, water, etc. but it is God who causes the growth. Any discipleship plans should reflect this understanding.


Lots of good programs exist to enhance disciple-making activity. I would happily use many of them in my church/small groups/relationships. However, I would argue there is only one truly "biblical" plan for disciple-making, it looks like this:

  1. Love one another.
  2. Be devoted to one another.
  3. Honor one another.
  4. Live in harmony with one another.
  5. Stop judging one another.
  6. Accept one another.
  7. Instruct one another.
  8. Greet one another.
  9. Agree with one another.
  10. Serve one another.
  11. Bear with one another.
  12. Forgive one another.
  13. Submit to one another.
  14. Admonish one another.
  15. Encourage one another.
  16. Do not slander one another.
  17. Offer hospitality to one another.

Who is ready?

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