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Aug 22, 2012

What a Disciple-Maker Looks Like

Acts 16:1-5; 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Six Truths about Disciple-Making . . .

 1.      It is our commission as followers of Christ.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:19-20)

 Implication:  Making disciples is an act of obedience to Christ.

 2.      It is intentional. (Acts 16:1-5)

“Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.”  (Acts 16:3)

 Implication:  Making disciples has more to do with purpose than it does with strategy.

 3.      It is hands on; it is personal. (2 Timothy 1:1-14; 2 Timothy 3:10-17)

 Implication:  Making disciples happens up close, not from a distance

 4.      It is directional. (2 Timothy 1:13)

 Implication:  Making disciples is about being on mission with God and inviting others to join you as you follow Jesus together.    

 5.      It is a process that takes time.

 Implication:  Discipleship is never neutral but always process.

 6.      It is rewarding.

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and my crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.”  (Philippians 4:1)

Implication:  Making disciples produces internal joy, and is eternally significant.