What does it mean for the men of Calvary Bible Church to be involved in discipleship? Discipleship can take many meaningful forms, such as “Growing together in God’s grace” or “People impacting people for the glory of God.” Simply put, a disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ and a disciple maker is one who intentionally invests himself in the life of another in the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and leaves the results to God. Henry & Richard Blackaby summed it up this way: “Discipleship is personally transferring the full dimensions of your relationship with Christ to the person you are walking with.” (April 29, Experiencing God Day By Day, Henry T. Blackaby & Richard Blackaby, 2006)
These definitions provide context for the words of Scripture: “As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17 KJ21) and “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28 KJ21).
Discipleship is not a program, or left up to the professionals, and or optional. We are all sinners, but as followers of Jesus, we are tasked with reaching upward, downward, or sideways to engage others and become more like Christ. This happens in many ways: through formal one-on-one mentoring, by watching and following a mature believer—or being watched and followed by a less mature believer, by having/being a mature sounding board, having accountability partners, by mutually mentoring each other in life’s circumstances, or just being close friends. We should be intentional yet spontaneous, engaged, encouraging, willing to correct, and humble (thankful for input from fellow believers).
As God challenges men to grow in discipleship, the Man2Man ministry is developing opportunities to help & support disciple-making. We are praying for each man at Calvary Bible Church will consider being an agent of God’s Redemption.
Interested in Being Discipled?
Is it your heart's desire to have a friend come alongside you and show you how to really dig into God's word, how to grow your faith, how to tackle life's issues God's way, or how to lead someone to Christ? There is a way. It's called basic discipleship. Want to know more? Call Glen at 729-0895.
Interested in Discipling Others?
Could it be that you are eager to help another man come to maturity in Christ, to study the Bible, to show a servant heart, or to become the husband and dad God wants him to be? There's a way to do that. It's called basic discipleship. Want to know more? Call Larry at 235-2349.
Pastor Eric Omdal
One of the things that I love the most about God's design for the body of Christ is that He chooses to use us in one another's lives to help us all grow in Christlikeness. Ephesians 4:12-13 explains that God:
Equip[s] His people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
What an incredible reality that God choses to use me, and choses to use you to help others grow in Christ! Yet many times we choose to shy away from this opportunity and responsibility. Why do we do that? There are many reasons, but here are a few that I think we need to consider and address if they are holding us back from our God intended purpose of investing in the spiritual growth (discipleship) of others.
- We don't know how: Sometimes the hurdle is that we feel like there is a certain model or approach we need to follow for discipleship and we don't know how to do it. Well the good news is that God's Word doesn't give us a specific model we have to follow, it just calls us to purposefully invest in the spiritual development of others. 2 Timothy 2:2 says, "The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others."
So how do we start? Discipleship may look different for you, but here's an example of how it might happen:
Look: Begin by looking around at the people already in your life (if you're a man look for another man) and specifically look for someone that you connect with that you think you could invest in. Maybe it's a guy in your workplace, your small group, your equipping class, or on a ministry team with you.
Connect: Be purposeful about reaching out to him and getting to know him better.
Ask: Then approach him and say that you've been looking for someone to get together with regularly and talk about life and spiritual things. Ask him if he would be interested in that.
Schedule: Pick a time, place, and frequency that works with your life.
Get Rolling: The key thing is building a relationship where you can talk about life and faith. But sometimes it's good to have something specific to talk about, so you might want to pick a book to read together and discuss, or a section of scripture to discuss. Talk about life and be sure to spend some time in prayer. The key thing is to be purposeful about pursuing God together, and encouraging one another.
- We don't have enough time: I'm absolutely certain that you've already thought to yourself – "I don't have time to do this." That's a legitimate concern you probably have work, family, and other ministry commitments that require significant chunks of your life. All of us have the same amount of time. So this comes down to a question of priorities. We need to find a healthy balance in life, but if spending time investing in the spiritual growth of other isn't on the schedule at all then we haven't found the right balance, and we're missing one of our primary callings as followers of Christ. It's going to look different for each of us, but if we are followers of Christ who want to live lives of purpose, investing in the spiritual development of others needs to be one of our top priorities.
It requires some sacrifices to carve out time and energy to invest in others, but when we do so we're making a difference for eternity! We get to be a part of what God is doing! What an incredible opportunity, and I think you'll find that you may benefit just as much as the person that you choose to invest in.