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. They may just need some prompting and modeling. For more tips for working with a DISCIPLE, click here.
Here is what a DISCIPLE might say…
- LEARN HOW TO HELP OTHERS EXPLORE JESUS
- SERVE IN A COMMUNITY
- KNOW HOW TO DIG DEEP INTO GOD’S WORD
- DEVELOP FRUITFUL DISCIPLINES
Either ask the person you’re working with to look at the list below and choose an area to work on or choose one for them.
THINGS TO KNOW
- HOW TO IDENTIFY AND REJECT IDOLS
- GRASP GOD’S DREAM (WILL)
- DIGGING DEEPER IN THE WORD
- LEARN DISCIPLINES
- VALUE FEEDING OTHERS
THINGS TO FEEL
THINGS TO DO
- WORSHIP JESUS
- BATTLE WITH SIN
- PRACTICE DISCIPLINES
- DO LIFE TOGETHER
- WALK IN THE SPIRIT
- SERVE OTHERS SACRIFICIALLY
Use a MEET-UP GUIDE to help you organize your time no matter which topic you choose. If you’re stuck as far as where to start, consider following a path like the one below.
The Walk by Stephen Smallman would circle back and cover both many of the lessons in the Commands of Christ and a rereading of the Gospel of Mark. It would also introduce the reader to Romans and a deeper understanding of the gospel. Each chapter has its own assigned biblical reading and exercises. Use this guide to help you with your time together.
- Why make disciples?
- Who should we talk to?
- What should we share?
- When should we do it?
People may have been exposed to this training in previous stages. Disciples should be encouraged to start learning how to pass this training on to others. There is also a 4-1-1 app and a video of the training that can be download that summarizes the training but without an immediate application time (going out and sharing) it is not as effective.
READING FOR GROWTH
There may be a few areas of understanding that need to be reinforced in the life of a disciple. Although needs will be different for different people we recommend you address the following: 1. Identity, 2. Idolatry, 3. Spiritual Disciplines. You need to find resources you are comfortable using for these issues. Here are a few suggestions.
IDENTITY: Caesar Kalinowski’s book Transformed explains how our identity in Christ becomes the basis for our life change. We are family, servants, missionaries and life long learners when we become Christians. We have to let our identity transform or behavior, not try to make our behavior transform our identity. Here is a preview video of the book. Other resources on identity can be found here.
IDOLATRY: Tim Keller’s book Counterfeit Gods deals with discovering and rooting out deep idols in our life. Keller explains how idols aren’t always bad things, in fact, they are usually good things that become ultimate things. You can see the preview video here. Other resources on idolatry can be found here.
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES: There are plenty of options in this category. Don Whitney‘s book Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life covers: Scripture Reading & Study, Prayer, Worship, Scripture Meditation, Evangelism, Serving, Stewardship of Time and Money, Scripture Application, Fasting, Silence & Solitude, Journaling and Learning. Other resources on spiritual disciplines can be found here.
DIGGING DEEPER STUDIES
My good friend Paul Johnson, the creator of STAGES, wrote some helpful guides on how to help someone dig deeper in their study of scripture through either a word, verse, character or chapter study. Another resource to help someone know, love, trust, and obey what they are reading in scripture is the Digging Deeper Guide pdf. These should not be replacements for daily readings but rather weekly projects you can review with the person you are working with.