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Think about it.  What an ingenious plan.  You could preach awesome things to a crowd of thousands, and yet days later most will have forgotten everything you’ve said.  Is that any lasting impact?

 

Try this on for size.  If you share your faith with 1,000 people a day, it would take you about 21,000 years to share your faith with 7 billion people on the planet (a very conservative estimate).  Now that is just sharing your faith; not building any depth or helping them grow.  Let’s look what could “mathematically” happen if we did something else.  If one person disciples two people for two years and those two go disciple two people themselves and so on.  How long would it mathematically take to reach the planet?  Approximately thirty-six years.  That’s not just sharing your faith with a person, but loving them and helping each one grow for two years.  The two years is just for giving some guidelines to do the math, but this example does show us to think in terms of multiplication, not addition.  “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”

 

As a disciple it is important to realize that each follower learns from many people.  Therefore, each Christian would have many folks “discipling” them, so encourage those you are discipling to learn from other Christians beside yourself.

 

THE FOLLOWING IDEAS SHOULD BE VALUABLE

IN DISCIPLING PEOPLE

 

It is often thought that Jesus just called His disciples to follow Him once.  “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  Actually Jesus had three calls to at least three of His disciples.

 

In John 1:35-42, we see Jesus’ 1st Call -- to Relationship

 

The men asked where Jesus was staying.  Jesus told them to come and see.  Then they went and spent that day with Him in Bethany.  He called them to relationship.

 

In Matthew 4:18-19 we see the 2nd Call -- to Training

 

This call was to the same men by the Sea of Galilee which is seventy miles north of Bethany.  They already knew Jesus.  He was calling them to training.  “I will make you fishers of men.”

 

In Luke 5:1-11 we see the 3rd Call -- to Ministry

 

Jesus told the same men that from that time on they would catch men.  He was calling them to ministry.

 

I think this sets a pattern for us to build relationships with people.  With those who are reliable and able to teach others also, we are to let them watch our lives up close.  We need to

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