STAGES: Disciple

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WHAT WOULD A DISCIPLE SAY?  “I can feel God working in my life more and more. I’m learning to hear his voice, I’m trying to obey him. I know following Jesus means lining my life up with Jesus’ teachings and commands, things like being baptized. I’m willing to do that. I’m starting to see my sin more clearly. I ask God to forgive and change me regularly now. I’m spending time on my own in prayer, Bible study and serving others. God has put a desire in me to help others connect with Him like I have. But I’m nervous about this. So nervous in fact, sometimes I don’t say or do the things God asks because I don’t think I’m ready.”

Helping someone reach the DISCIPLE stage may take a while but once they are there they may not stay long. The DISCIPLE who is spending time in prayer and the Word does not need a lot of convincing that they should be investing in others. What they do need is:

  • Confidence that God can use them to help others grow in their faith.
  • Permission from their leaders to start discipling others (sometimes).
  • Someone to model for them what discipleship looks like.
  • A simple plan of what to do with the person they are discipling.
  • A way to find people around them that need to be discipled.
  • A reality check that discipling someone is difficult, messy, and sometimes fails.
  • A sense of what kind of fruit to look for in those they are discipling.

Getting Started with the Disciples