April 21, 2016

I Commit to Discipleship

Philippians 2:19-24

One of the persons Paul mentored was a young man named Timothy. Timothy probably became a Christ-follower during Paul’s first missionary visit to Lystra (Acts 16:1-5). Timothy had been raised with solid Jewish training in the scriptures by his mother and grandmother. After learning about Jesus, Timothy became a Christ-follower and was so on-fire for the Lord that Paul and Silas took him with them on their second missionary journey.

Years later, Paul was imprisoned in Rome, and Timothy came to be with him. Timothy was present as Paul wrote this letter to the church at Philippi. Paul was still training (“discipling”) Timothy so Timothy could continue and expand the Lord’s work.

That’s the disciple-making circle. God reaches out and makes his love known to us. We accept Jesus into our life and begin our Christian journey. Jesus uses other Christ-followers to teach and equip us so that we can, in turn, share God’s love with others and lead others to Christ. Then God uses us (and other Christians) to help these new believers grow in Jesus, become disciples, and equip them so they can join us in the disciple-making process.