A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words Part 2

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words Part 2

Last week we began looking at 2 Timothy 2 by laying out three foundational truths. This week we will look at the disciplemaker as a steward who entrusts the gospel to faithful men and women.

According to Paul, a disciplemaker is to be a faithful steward of Christ. A steward is one who manages the resources and the affairs of another. As a steward of Christ, you will not manage material wealth; you will manage spiritual treasures. Paul wrote to Timothy, You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

(2 Timothy 2:1-2, CSB)

As a steward of Christ, you must serve in the strength God supplies and invest in men and women of integrity.

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Serve in the Strength God Supplies.

The steward of Christ does not serve in his own ability or power. Instead, he is wholly dependent on Christ and serves in the strength God supplies.

In John Stott’s commentary on 2 Timothy, Guard the Gospel, he elaborates on this: “Timothy [or any disciplemaker] will not find strength for ministry in his own nature or ability, but in the grace that God supplies. The grace of God is not only for our salvation, it is for our service.”

Consider also what Paul says in Colossians 1: 28 We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me. (Colossians 1:28-29, CSB)

Paul is laboring and striving, but at the same time, he recognizes that the Lord Jesus is working powerfully through him as he submits and surrenders to the Christ within.

Invest in Men and Women of Integrity.

What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2, CSB)

By entrusting the gospel he’d received to faithful people, Timothy was ensuring it would continue to thrive among all people. Faithful men are men or women who are people of FAITH: they are faithful, available, intentional, teachable, and hungry.

Those you invest in should be faithful. People who are faithful will persevere and endure through hardships. They are steadfast in their commitments and hold true in spite of circumstances. These men and women have proven themselves trustworthy.

Second, those you invest in should be available. These are the folks that are always ready, willing, and able to do the work of God or to serve and minister to others.

Third, those you invest in should be intentional. They are not only ready, willing, and able to do God’s work, but they are also searching for things to do. These are people who see opportunities for ministry and seize them for the glory of God.

Fourth, those you invest in should be teachable. Being teachable may be the most important character quality of someone you invest in. So many do not receive instruction because they think they’ve arrived and know it all.

Those you invest in should be teachable. Being teachable may be the most important character quality of someone you invest in. So many do not receive instruction because they think they’ve arrived and know it all. Click To Tweet

Finally, those you invest in should be hungry. They should have a hunger and thirst for God. Like one who is hungry and thirsty, they are seeking God and will not be satisfied until they come to know Him in a deeper way. Jesus said, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6, CSB)

Faithful stewards must begin with the end in mind. As they invest in men and women who are faithful, available, intentional, teachable, and hungry, they must see others for what they can become as Christ works in them.

Paul’s desire was not to see converts but to help those who came to faith become mature and devoted followers of Christ. And that should be the heartfelt desire of every disciplemaker: to see people come to faith and be discipled.

The only way we can do this is by …striving with his strength that works powerfully in me. (Colossians 1:29, CSB) Paul knew that as he allowed Christ to work in him, Christ would work through him as he invested in others.

The steward of Christ must entrust the gospel to faithful men who can give it away to the next generation. In 2 Timothy 2:2, there are four generations mentioned:

First, Christ gave away the gospel to Paul.

Second, Paul gave it away to Timothy.

Then Timothy would entrust it to faithful men.

Finally, faithful men would then teach others also.

Paul equipped and empowered Timothy—who would then equip and empower faithful men—who would then equip and empower others also! In whom are you investing? Whom are you equipping and empowering to do gospel ministry?

As a disciplemaker, you have been entrusted with the spiritual treasure of the gospel. You can leave a lasting legacy if you invest what you have received in the lives of others and then empower them to do the same. You can change the world from right where you live when you make disciples who make disciples.

But a disciplemaker is not only to be a steward of Christ; he is to be a soldier of the cross, which we will look at in more detail next week.

The Heart of a Disciplemaker

The Heart of a Disciplemaker

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Series: Replicate Resources, Book 2
Genre: Discipleship
ASIN: 1545293155
ISBN: 1545293155

The church has done a good job teaching people how to share their faith but it hasn’t done well at teaching them to share their lives.

There is no question Jesus commanded those who follow Him to make disciples. But what does that look like in everyday life? While most believers are clear that the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 calls us to make disciples, many simply don’t know how. Investing in the lives of others who will in turn invest themselves in others is not difficult, but it does require intentionality. Building authentic relationships that leave a legacy of Christ long past our lives should be the goal of every believer.

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The church has done a good job teaching people how to share their faith but it hasn’t done well at teaching them to share their lives.

There is no question Jesus commanded those who follow Him to make disciples. But what does that look like in everyday life? While most believers are clear that the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 calls us to make disciples, many simply don’t know how. Investing in the lives of others who will in turn invest themselves in others is not difficult, but it does require intentionality. Building authentic relationships that leave a legacy of Christ long past our lives should be the goal of every believer. To accomplish this we must answer the following questions:

• What do gospel-centered relationships look like?

• What character qualities must we develop to deepen our walk with Christ and with others?

• How can we develop a heart for making disciples?

In, The Heart of a Disciplemaker, Tim LaFleur provides practical answers to these questions and more. Drawing from the Scripture, and his own life as a disciplemaker, Tim clarifies what a life lived for the glory of God looks like. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, every disciple of Jesus can develop character qualities that will encourage others to follow Christ through meaningful, dynamic, gospel-centered relationships. Relationships that leave a legacy, not for our name, but for the One whose name is above all names: Jesus Christ.

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Tim Lafleur served as the campus minister for 20 years at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. He pastored various sized churches for 30 years, many even while at Nicholls. Tim was the Disciplemaking pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church for 4 years. He assisted in expanding the discipleship ministry from 12 the first year to over 1200 in 2015. He currently serves as the Equipping Pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church to equip and empower members to do ministry. Tim is married to Chris LaFleur and has a four wonderful children, and ten amazing grandchildren (making holidays very fun exciting)! Tim enjoys reading books by John Piper, and pastor Robby Gallaty. His hobbies include watching the LSU tigers play or going fishing for the day. Brother Tim lives to be obedient to the call of God, and is reminded of God’s strength through his favorite passage of scripture, Colossians 1:28-29.