Minding God's Business (Part 4 of 4)
Minding God’s business includes discipling others. The essence of Matthew 28:18-20 and 2 Timothy 2:2 is that the church is to make disciples. Paul poured his life into faithful men who could be trusted to pass the faith on unchanged to us and generations still to come. To Timothy he wrote, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2, NIV).
The Timothy Initiative since 2007 has planted more than 50,000 small churches and seen one million people come to faith in Christ. Many of these churches are within the most unreached people groups on earth. TTI teaches that disciples of Christ make disciples who make disciples, churches should plant churches, and leaders should make more leaders. Their training materials equip people to make disciples without formal theological training (https://www.ttionline.org). Disciple-making is not just for seminary graduates. Ordinary Christians all around the world are doing it.
Disciple-making can multiply your life incredibly. You can make more of a difference than you can imagine. In 1956 a student at San Diego State felt led to share the difference Jesus has made in his life as part of a speech class assignment. Over the four months of class, Buck saw the power of true discipleship. Through daily campus contacts with fellow students, he eventually won 14 speech classmates to Christ, including the professor. He began scared to death to give the speech, but aware the Lord was working through his weaknesses. He was not a great speaker. Those who received Christ indicated that it was the combination of his class talks and the kind of life he lived each day.
By 1986, 30 years later, he had tracked a lot of those students he had won and discipled. They had in turn won and multiplied over 1000 others to following Christ. Many were on the mission field, pastors, and spiritual leaders. From 14 to 1000! It all started with a speech fearfully given. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freechristianleadershipresources #discipleship
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