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2/20/13 at 11:57 AM 3 Comments

How to Dramatically Accelerate Your Discipling Efforts

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By John Richardson

You are probably familiar with the old adage that some things in life are “caught, not taught.” If you want to make the most of your discipling efforts, you should cling to that phrase.

When I was a junior-high (or middle school) kid, I had a Sunday School teacher that basically only taught one lesson. It did not matter where the class started, what was happening in our personal lives or what Scripture we initially studied. Every lesson came around to King James’s version of Romans 10:17:

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

We heard that one verse so often during our year with that teacher that every person from that class recounts the verse and laughs about it to this day (a ridiculous number of years later).

So, for the sake of my junior high teacher – and out of respect for God’s Word – I do not want to discount the truth of that verse. However, I think it is safe to say that in addition to hearing the Gospel of Jesus, we also need to see the ways of God.

If you want to accelerate your discipling efforts, the people around you need to hear the Word of God + see the ways of God.

At one point, Francis Chan aptly noted that God does not want us to simply memorize everything He says. He wants us to do it! For that powerful illustration, watch this video:

Francis Chan - How Not To Make Disciples

Here’s the challenge: Find one way to teach people the Word of God this week by modeling it. Find a way to disciple people by living out God’s Word.

For one cool idea along those lines, watch this video of a couple of women who made Jesus’s Parable of the Wedding Banquet (Luke 14) come to life.

Get Uncomfortable - Miriam Swaffield

What ideas do you have to help others model the ways of God in everyday life?

John Richardson is Communications Director for GenerousChurch, author of Giving Away the Collection Plate, husband to J.D. and father of 3 girls.

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