Social media advances for WILD are happening. This informational leadership letter previously called Titus Email, is now the Titus Connection. No changes other than the title. What is so great is God has answered prayers from people praying with WILD for a long time and He has raised up several individuals who came to us desiring to help in various capacities. Now and in the coming weeks you will be able to experience the fruit of their labor. Mike
IMPRESS OR IMPACT PART 2
Discipling a believer of Jesus can be thrilling and difficult at the same time because we are diligently attempting to be used by the Holy Spirit to help shape and develop another human being who has Jesus living in him/her. We want to disciple or train is to multiply (reproduce) this developing believer. Granted, not all who are being trained right now, will continue to reproduce their lives into others.
Yet, you and I need to make it clear to our trainees, that they are to take what they learn and pass it on – 2 Timothy 2:2 model. If trainees take what is being given them, obey and serve, this WILL grow the Church and subsequently raise up new churches. Spiritual growth in the form of obedience is what we want to see. As you and I both know that carrying out that obedience can be very challenging because we all have free will.
Training (discipleship) is not simply acquiring knowledge. It is taking that knowledge and being personally obedient, then sharing that wisdom to the next 2 Timothy 2:2 generation. This is how the Church becomes spiritually strong, as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves.
Christians are getting very spiritually fat. We gain a lot of knowledge but do not do anything with that knowledge. If Christianity was simply dependent on spiritual knowledge, Satan would have been defeated a long time ago. One of our major problems in the Church is even though there are many believers in the world, very few have a biblical worldview. Having Bible knowledge can be very impressive but has little impact on one’s own life and upon the lives of others.
To impact our world, we need to think as Jesus thinks. This means taking the knowledge we are gaining from all the different ways we are attaining it and being obedient to what we are learning, then serve. This equals spiritual maturity. Thinking as Jesus thinks is this process. Biblical worldview is everything that enters our lives, we evaluate all of it through Scripture and then, are obedient to the way Scripture says. Our values and beliefs become biblical even when our cultures are screaming something else and to do things differently than what the Bible indicates.
Handing out Bible information whether we are giving actual passages or offering biblical truths and principles is not enough. We need to put that information into action as we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. We as trainers and our trainees have to be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s leading. That pursues biblical worldview thinking and spiritual maturity. As we obey the Spirit’s leading, a natural step will be to serve others, which causes more maturity.
Building multiplying generations of trainers (disciplers) is the goal. Can you imagine what your churches would be like if everyone in the church was following this strategy? We would be reproducing new churches, impacting our cultures and reaching the lost for Jesus. We would be stepping into the worlds of unreached people groups, some of whom live not too far from you.
People who consistently are involved in the discipleship process indicate quality spiritual growth for themselves and are more alive than ever being developed through the Holy Spirit’s direction. What you and I have learned, we need to automatically pass that on to others, so that they also grow and develop too. Let us change the world for Jesus!