February 27, 2015

Stage Four: The Spiritual Parent

Acts 13:1-3

13:1 is biblical proof that Barnabas and Paul were obedient disciple-makers. They were so effective that the church in Antioch realized Barnabas and Paul needed to move on to further obey Jesus’ Great Commission. The Antioch church willingly sent out their “best” in order to reach more people for Jesus. Simeon, Lucius, and Manaen were capable of continuing the Lord’s work in Antioch.

Spiritual parents are characterized by intentionality and strategy. Spiritual parents explain the discipleship process, show others how to do it, and then release disciples to become disciple-makers on their own.

Do you see this pattern in 13:1-3? How can you be more intentional as you spiritually parent?