Basics for Christians

Step 4: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 2

Selecting a Disciple It is important for disciplers to seek out and select the best possibilities for training in discipleship. What kind of person is he or she now? How can that person be expected to most effectively assist others? Can they identify problems or hindrances? What are the do's and don'ts? Consider a goal sheet; also the living example of the Lord Jesus. Primarily, five things should be in view even if imperfectly developed. 1. Is this person "sold out to Christ," a comm...

Step 5: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 3

This will include the need for vision in disciple making and the best use of time. A list of " time wasters" and " time savers" will be in the lesson discussion. There needs to be a genuine vision for disciple making. Here's God's word about this: Prov. 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Like any important understanding it takes vision goes beyond the present see God's plan and perfection. Matt. 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples ...

Step 2: Disciple-Making

This is the process of moving a convert from initial follow-up to being a mature follower of the Lord Jesus. "Disciples are made, not born" (Matt. 28:19). Disciples are made by other disciples. It is the Lord's command: "Go you into all the world and make disciples" (Matt 28:19). It is called "The Great Commission," and it goes beyond sending missionaries to foreign fields. It is for all believers wherever they are and for all churches to follow its directives. It involves the assis...

Step 6: Multiplication in Discipleship

God's command to man is "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28). It is an essential quality of our life. This comes down to His desire that His followers multiply and bear much fruit (John 15:1-8). In His last words on earth the Lord Jesus commanded that His disciples go forth to all the earth preaching His word. Thus He reinforced His Great Commission in Matt. 28:19 to go forth and "make disciples." That is what He did on earth (Luke 6:13-16, 10:1). That is what His disciples did after...

Trials Come and Go

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God..." -- Isaiah 43:2-3a. God has only one route for every child of God. It is through. Every trial, no matter how severe and long, is only temporary. We’re going through. "Through waves, through clouds and storms, God gently clears the ...

Walk and Do Not Faint

"I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." -- Psalm 27:13 Every believer has a hope—not a wish, but a solid hope for the future founded on the word of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who cannot lie. He declared, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away" (Matt. 24:35). We are presently in the land of the dying, for until Christ returns for His own, not one person will leave this world without dying...

Fear Not

"Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." -- Genesis 15:1 It is said that there are 366 "fear not"s in the Bible—one for every day in the year, including Leap Year. How often, in the experiences of life, are we beset with fears of one kind or another: fear of illness, of heights, of the darkness, of the future, of loss of employment, of flying, of death, and many more besides. Many of our fears are called irrational fears, but who would deny that the...

How to Have an Effective Quiet Time

"What a beautiful service!" is a comment you often hear after a fine public worship gathering. But we shouldn't be solely dependent for our spiritual nourishment on weekly or bi-weekly services at church. We need "Christian" vitamins every day! It is appalling how many believers don't follow the advice of the (true) chorus: Read your Bible, Pray every day, And you'll grow, grow, grow! The object of this little study is to share some practical pointers on how to improve t...

Read Your Bible!

Many have heard the story of the man whose devotional reading consisted of cracking his Bible at random and reading the first verse his finger touched. One morning this was his verse for the day: "And Judas went out and hanged himself." That can't be it, he thought. So he tried again. "Go thou and do likewise" was his second hit. Chagrined, he thought,The third time is a charm! It wasn't. It read: "What thou doest, do quickly!" Few of us are as off-base as that man, but ...

Discipleship in an evil day

Discipleship in an evil day. "Follow thou me." John 21: 22. C. H. Mackintosh. Preface. The following Tract is a reprint of a paper which appeared in a recent number of "The Present Testimony," containing the substance of a Lecture on the first three chapters of the Book of Daniel. It is published in this form, at the request of a number of Christian friends and with earnest desire that the Holy Spirit may be pleased to use it for the purpose of leading many hearts to seek a closer walk wi...
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