Biblical Disciple-making by Jim Spikes

Biblical Disciple-making


“Getting from One to Two”


Foundational Concepts

  1. Prayerfully set realistic expectations

There are no “magic bullets”, short-cuts or “quick fixes”

  1. Effective Disciple-makers build authentic relationships. Discipleship begins with Relationship.

We enter into the life of others and allow them to enter ours – This means we need to be willing to invest. – time, energy, money, etc.  Biblical discipleship cannot be done at a distance and at no cost.

  1. Effective disciple-makers choose methods and practices with the next generation of believers in mind.

Effective disciple-makers plan their ministry and choose methods and practices, not based on what is comfortable for them, but on what new believers may need in order to grow spiritually and quickly pass the Gospel on to others.

  1. Effective disciple-making uses structures and approaches that are simple and easy to reproduce

The aim is to help new believers learn, assimilate and pass on truth in ways that are appropriate to their spiritual age and maturity.  As they grow, more complex approaches can be used.

  1. Effective disciple-making is intentional.

Disciples are not formed by accident nor through wishful thinking. The disciple-maker looks actively for 2 Tim 2:2 type of men or women in whom to invest time and energy. All they do, they do thinking of how it will help those they disciple grow and mature spiritually.



First Steps

  1. Start Small and develop correct DNA – Think in terms of Jesus’ parables of the mustard seed and the leaven. Select 3-4 faithful people to begin doing discipleship. Look for 2 Tim. 2:2 type of people.
  2. Modeling concepts has a higher priority than teaching concepts – set clear expectations and show people what each step looks like rather than teach a course and hoping they get it.
  3. Define clearly the characteristics and core values of the disciples you hope to produce – What will they look like? – The measure of success is not the completion of a plan, a curriculum or a series of activities. It is whether or not you are seeing men and women take on the desired characteristics and begin to reproduce them in others.
  4. Effective discipleship needs to have from the beginning a “drive to lostness” as a core value. – The goal is not to have all of the existing congregation involved in the process. The goal is to see men and women moving quickly outside of the church to engage and win their family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances with the Gospel.
  5. Effective discipleship will be “messy” – Newborns often create messes that will need discipline, patience, wisdom, love and consistence to help clean up or correct in the appropriate ways. Newborns do not think like or behave like mature adults.



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