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.
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- 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.)
- Biblical requirements
- 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.”