Shows Main Idea – There is a historical way of doing discipleship taught in the New Testament and a new modern way that adapts better to how we want to live. Though the new way is popular and fits our fast-paced life, it’s a bad idea for soul care.
I had a friend from another church who wanted me to disciple him. I said that I wouldn’t do that.
These problems apply to isolated one-to-one discipleship and counseling contexts
The new sub-biblical discipleship model
Artificial context, not real-world
They are all structured (you must schedule it) while missing the spontaneous moments: doing life together E.g., We “run into each other” downtown where we can connect as part of our ongoing care for each other
Lacking other helpful contexts, e.g., small group, cooking out, families together, local church
A one-sided story without spouse or friends
We don’t do life together
Too often we go through a book rather than making it more personal: he is a “letter”
Singular purpose for a relationship: Uni-directional counsel Always talking about his problems Rarely reciprocal; he needs to help me too. No contexts for other relational opportunities.
A better model:
Many contexts for data gathering
Serious and fun times
More of the body can participate
Possibility for reciprocal soul care
It releases the body according to individual gifting
Unleashes all the “one another” passages in the New Testament. (See graphic below.)
You must be passionate about the great commission
You must love God’s Word
You must have a high view of the local church
You must love people
You must have a lack of self-interest (Philippians 2:3-4)
You must be intentional (peripheral vision)
You must carry people on your heart–Hebrews 10:24: “And let us CONSIDER how to stir up one another to love and good works.”
Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).