Selecting a Disciple-Maker's Message Essay

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Liberty Theological Seminary Written Assignment 2: Selecting a Disciple-Maker’s Message A Paper Submitted to Dr. Bob XXXXX In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Course Discipleship Ministries DSMN500 By XXXXX 6 Sept 2012 Introduction There are many well-meaning, devout, knowledgeable Christians who well never intentionally build even one world-impacting, world visionary, reproducing disciple. This is because they will never seriously pursue a systematic curriculum designed for the purpose of discipling another to his ultimate destination (Hodges, p117). This need is not reserved for pastors, as evidenced by the writings of Luke. Luke was a layman, a busy doctor with his hectic schedule. Yet, he made…show more content…
The first source is tradition. This is the living word or historical information that a community has chosen to perpetuate their culture. Peter refers to the accuracy of what he was teaching by emphasizing the eyewitness reliability of scripture (Holy Bible, 2Pet 1:16). The importance here is to know the Word, so one can systematically teach the Word (Mitchell, p281). Therefore, Scriptures must be correctly interpreted, then passed along to others by tradition to establish perpetuation of correct knowledge in subsequent generations. The second source is observation, which is embedded in and distilled from the educational activities of the student (Mitchell, p.281). Believers come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and many are viewed as wise according to worldly standards, but God chooses what is foolish to shame the wise (Holy Bible, 1Cor 1:26-27). Disciplers need to observe and listen to those they disciple. Then, with this background understanding of how they came to their current beliefs, the message can be clarified to maximize the understanding by their students. Mitchell lists participation is the third source, and this relates to the life message of the teacher (p 281). Christians are challenged to show that their faith is not simply a religious position, but rather it represents a basis for their lifestyle and
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