In a recent article, I pointed out that believers in Yeshua (Jesus) are called "disciples" in the gospels and "saints" in the epistles. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are called to "equip the saints for the work of the ministry" - Ephesians 4:12. We are all called to "make disciples" - Matthew 28:19.
It is clear by comparing these two passages that the work of the ministry is indeed to make disciples. Every believer is supposed to first be discipled, and then disciple others. There are two stages in the training of a new covenant believer, first to be discipled, then to be equipped.
Sometimes we get the two stages mixed up. The discipleship stage is to be 1) basic, 2) practical 3) systematic and 4) relational.
Discipleship demands small group interaction and often the best combination is one on one. The fact that someone may have the gifting for group dynamics to lead a lively meeting does not necessarily mean that he has the qualities to disciple someone; and the fact that someone does not have group dynamic skills does not mean that he can't disciple others. Every saint can do the work of the ministry.
We have designed a discipleship program of 50 "sessions". These sessions can be done once a day in a training center, or once a week for someone with full time work and family schedule. Each session involves personal time with a believer who has already been through the program. The disciple guides the new trainee through the program.
The personal time in the session is primarily for brotherly love and personal care. Prayer is offered, as well as a listening heart. The rest of the session is checking the new disciple's progress in a series of devotional exercises. The discipleship manual keeps a record of the following four disciplines:
Our new discipleship manual is called in Hebrew, "Halacha Le Ma'aseh", which is a play on words meaning "practically speaking" or "walking it out" or "guidelines for doing." Please pray for the success of this program as we seek to "put it into action."
Also in this issue of the newsletter:
|Dan Juster: Muslim Tribalism and Biblical Liberation|
|Eitan Shishkoff: Fields of Hope|
|Leora Mazurovsky: Single Moms, Treasured by God and Kehila|
|David Shishkoff: Travel Log of Asia Trip|