One: Engage him in the Scriptures to discover Christ and apply His truth.
Teaching him to meditate upon and apply God’s Word is generic to knowing Christ.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.” (John 14:21)
Two: Disciple him life-on-life.
Both Jesus and Paul believed in the worth of the individual, and so should we:
Jesus: “The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, ‘Follow me‘.” (John 1:43)
Paul: “We dealt with you one by one, as a father deals with his children… ” (1 Thessalonians 2:11b neb)
Three: Equip him to multiply his life:
- By helping him develop consistency in (1) Daily time with God, (2) Scripture memory, and (3) Bible study.
“The Scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God, and fit him fully for all branches of his work.” (2 Timothy 3:17 – J.B. Phillips Translation)
- By helping him discover and utilize his gifts. (1 Corinthians 12-14)
Four: Maintain the centrality of Christ.
At the very core of the discipling effort must be the emphasis on developing intimacy with Christ.
“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:10, 11)
QUESTION: Since example is the most powerful teacher, developing intimacy with Christ is better “caught” than taught. Is your disciple picking up the fact that knowing Christ is your primary passion?
“Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)