The “Trail Guide” devotional is used by our adult leaders of grade school groups in Quest as a way to prepare their hearts and minds for the topics we will be covering with the children on the weekend. We have made them available here to help our parents of grade-schoolers engage with their children around the topics we are discussing and also for anyone else that might be blessed by following along.
EXTREME MAKEOVER, Unit 3, Section 4, Lesson 3: Are You a Reproducing Disciple?
Jesus had the twelve disciples. Paul had Timothy and Silas and Luke. Barnabas had Mark. The master had grasshopper, and Yoda had Luke Skywalker. Seriously though. Who are you pouring your life into? Are you passing along all that He commanded you?
When Jesus said, “teach them,” He did not, I think, have in mind a classroom setting, or a man standing in a pulpit. That was not His primary method after all. Jesus made disciples by walk- ing with them, where they lived, teaching them lessons about the Kingdom based on their earthly life experiences. He set an example for them, ate with them, healed them, comforted them, laughed with them, mourned with them, prayed with them and for them, cried in front of them, gave them sound doctrine about this life and the next, called them friend, challenged them, and then laid down His life for them. A close examination of Paul’s disciple making and church planting ministry looked much the same. Barnabas as well.
This is not a New Testament command either. Deuteronomy 4:9 tells us to teach the things of God to our children and their children after them. In Genesis, God tells Abraham, “In you all families of the earth will be blessed,” and He called Israel a light to the nations that they might bring His salvation to the earth.Nor was this a command for a select few disciples. Most scholars agree, there were as many as 500 disciples gathered in Galilee for this commissioning. If you are a disciple then this is a command for you. Don’t pass up the blessing of disciple making. Don’t lose sight of your mission.
Bring glory to the Father by making disciples.
“We’re not to wait for the world to come to us. Rather, we’re to go to the world. “Go ye” could be better translated “having gone.” It isn’t a command; it’s an assumption.” – John MacArthur
THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD IS OUR TEACHER. “He will teach you all things and bring all things to your memory.” – John 14:26
MEDITATING ON THE WORD:
John 17:28 | Acts 20:27
Duet 4:9 | 1 Tim 1:18; 4:6-16
2 Tim 1:1-14 | John 17:6-26