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Seeing the Discipleship Relationships Around You

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Seeing the Discipleship Relationships Around You
A Relational Lens
Paul
Timothy
Barnabas
Philippians 3:14-17

"14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained. 17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.”
Two Key Truths to Remember
This is typically seasonal
This is rarely one-way
2 Timothy 2:2

“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
Two Key Truths to Remember
Common with New Converts
Common with Training Leaders
This requires a truly intentional effort to ensure that the friendship is actually pushing and encouraging one another in ways that result in genuine growth.
A Generational Lens
Older to Younger
Spiritually Older
to
Spiritually Younger
Titus 2:1-6

“1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.”
Hebrews 5:12-14

“12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
A Major Objection
Isn't this being proud or pushy to pursue discipling someone else?
A Lens of Teachability
Reach the Reachable and Teach the Teachable
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 9:9 “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”

Proverbs 13:1 “A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”

Proverbs 17:10 “A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.”
Discipleship is the transfer of spiritual information that influences another person to be more like Christ.
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