No, I’m not planning to make a habit of this.
The member family meeting we called for after the service today caused me to trim some things.
As promised, here is the way I planned to land the plane had the runway been longer:
Let me close this message with these eight principles in mind with nine no-brainer steps of application:
One, get equipped to disciple. Get a copy of Trellis and the Vine and read it.
Two, use means. Grab some of the Randy Pope discipling plan packets and get busy. We’ve got a bunch of these for free at the office.
Three, become a member in your local church. Membership solidifies your commitment to be a discipler somewhere and gives you the ideal outlet for it.
Four, become a sanctified busybody. Determine to be the kind of believer that gets in somebody else’s face – IN LOVE! Someone paid our church the best compliment a while back. “I’ve never been in a church where the people are so involved in everybody else’s business.” And she didn’t mean gossip!
Five, take initiative. You have not because you ask not. Reach out to others; don’t wait for them to reach out to you.
Six, get help. Ask your elder or somebody to assist in matching you up with others. Don’t expect everyone to comply. Not everyone has the bandwidth for an ongoing relationship given their season in life. Some folks don’t want this, even though they claim to be followers of Jesus. Also, be a discipleship matchmaker without being asked. Look to connect people wherever you can.
Seven, keep on growing in your own walk by the Word and Spirit so you have something to offer to others.
Eight, train others you disciple to do the same things with others. Multiply yourself. Plan to attend one of the new Equipping Hour classes this fall starting September 7 WITH someone else.
And, nine, mediate daily on the gospel of grace that you might not live for yourself but for Him who died for you and therefore gladly spend and be spent for others (2 Cor. 5:14-15; 12:15).