Would you rather…
- have an apple OR a pear?
- be rich and ugly OR poor and good looking?
- find true love OR find 10 million dollars?
- be trapped on a desert island with a chef OR an with an engineer?
- hold a snake or a mouse?
- eat a worm or swallow a goldfish?
We make a lot of choices in life. Today we will be talking about how to choose the best person to disciple. Before we start, answer these questions as a group…
- What qualities would you look for in a disciple?
- What qualities might cause you to rule someone out as a potential disciple?
Paul was a traveling Bible teacher. He would travel all over the world telling people about Jesus. One day he met a teenager named Timothy. As Timothy grew, Paul saw his love for Jesus and love for others and started bringing Timothy along with him as he traveled. Paul wanted to teach Timothy how to tell others about Jesus so he made Timothy his disciple. As they traveled, they would read the Bible together, pray together, and talk about how to share the gospel with others. When it was time for Timothy to begin looking for his own disciples, Paul gave him some good advice. Read 2 Timothy 2:2 and see what he said.
Read 2 Timothy 2:2 together
1. Who was Timothy supposed to teach? Why?
2. Why didn’t Paul just say, “Everybody needs Jesus, just pick anybody!”
3. Below is a discipleship chart like the one we talked about last week. Using 2 Timothy 2:2, fill it in with the people written in the passage starting with Paul.
4. Why is choosing a disciple such an important step? Wouldn’t just anyone do?
5. What kind of person should you look for?
Paul told Timothy to look for reliable men to disciple. One way to put this is to look for F.A.T. people.
FAITHFUL: Someone you can rely on. A faithful person will show up, keep their promises, and follow through with the things you are teaching them.
AVAILABLE: They have the time to be discipled. If they are too busy to meet with you and invest in their spiritual life, they are not available.
TEACHABLE: They are willing to be taught and and are humble enough to be open to change.
6. While no one lives out all of these qualities perfectly, they are all important elements in a good disciple. Why is each of these qualities important in a disciple?
7. What are some other qualities to look for in a disciple?
8. Who are some Faithful, Available, and Teachable people in your life that could be good disciples for you?
“Discipleship is walking alongside someone; challenging them to live out the Bible in their life, while influencing others with the gospel.”[/su_spacer]
9. Using the F.A.T. definitions as a standard, without mentioning names, what qualities might make a person or two on your list a stronger choice than the others?
10 . Read Luke 6:12-16. What did Jesus do before he chose his disciples? What does this tell us about how we should choose our disciples?
CHALLENGE: This week, set up an appointment for next week with your top choice for a disciple.
For further study on choosing disciples, check out this article.
Online Article: THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR DISCIPLESHIP – https://www.cru.org/content/dam/cru/to legacy/2012/01/therightpeople.pdf
Book: Chapter 2 of THE MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM by Robert. E. Coleman
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