If you were going to start discipling a 21 year old college student, which five things would you aim for? Probably something about identity in Christ, service, understanding the bible, understanding the need to evangelize, how to pray, and other things along those lines right? Well let me suggest 5 different things… I would love to hear your feedback!
I was recently given an article with no name on it, so I don’t know who wrote it, but apparently the author is a pastor from a church called Mosaic, so I am assuming its Erwin McManus. Here are the 5 essentials of discipleship that he lists:
1- Gratitude: It begins with gratitude for the cross. Gratitude for the cross sets us up to be grateful for all the things that God has done in our lives, but it also teaches us to be grateful towards us others. How grateful are they for the cross? How grateful are they about their family, job, position in life, etc?
2-Humility: Once you see gratitude peek through the next step is humility. Is there pride within your disciple? If so what sorts of things do they boast in? How do you address their pride?
3-Wholeness: The author defines it in a weird way, he says wholeness is “giving more than you take.” That doesn’t really seem like wholeness to me, but a person who is functionally broken doesn’t usually have the resources to give more than they take, so I guess it makes sense. Is this person quick to give or are they primarily a receiver?
4-Integrity: Can this person be trusted? Are they genuine in serving? It’s a tough topic to wrap your head around, but a person with integrity is not two-faced, when they serve they don’t have ulterior motives.
5-Leadership: This is the end goal in discipling, getting them to a point where they can take the lead in discipling others. As Thomas Wood says, leaders don’t reproduce disciples, they reproduce other leaders. Are you setting them up for leadership when you disciple them? Or are you setting up to be dependent upon you for the rest of their walk with Christ?
So what would you add to this list? What would you take out? Or am I completely off the mark?