A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words Part 3

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words Part 3

Two weeks ago we began looking at 2 Timothy 2 by laying out three foundational truths. (Link to 7/5/18 blog post here.)  Last week we looked at the disciplemaker as a steward who entrusts the gospel to faithful men and women. This week we will examine the disciplemaker as a soldier.

According to Paul, the disciplemaker is also a soldier. He continues in his letter to Timothy, Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the commanding officer.  (2 Timothy 2:3-4, CSB)

John Stott gave clear insight: “Paul’s imprisonments had given him ample opportunity to observe Roman soldiers, and to meditate on the parallels between a soldier and a disciplemaker.”

Consider several of these parallels from the texts:

“He endures suffering”(Stott).  Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:3, CSB)

Following Jesus is not an easy undertaking. It will be hard, lonely, and costly at times. In the same way a soldier must endure hardships, the disciplemaker must endure and persevere in trials and adversity for the sake of the gospel. It is not an easy thing; it will take every spiritual resource grace can offer.

“He avoids entanglements”(Stott). No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the commanding officer.  (2 Timothy 2:4, CSB)

The soldier is entirely committed to the one who enlisted him. His allegiance is unwavering and unshakeable. He will not allow anyone or anything to distract him from being all in! In the same way, the disciplemaker is to have an unwavering allegiance and loyalty to Jesus Christ. He or she cannot allow anyone or anything to distract or deter him or her from a sure commitment to Christ.

“He looks upon Christ”(Stott). Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead and descended from David, according to my gospel, (2 Timothy 2:8, CSB)

The disciplemaker is to keep his or her attention on Jesus Christ. The disciplemaker may glance at all that is around him or her, but the disciplemaker must fix his or her gaze upon Christ!

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The writer of Hebrews said it this way: keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Hebrews 12:2-3, CSB)

“He looks out for fellow soldiers”(Stott). 10 This is why I endure all things for the elect: so that they also may obtain salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.  (2 Timothy 2:10, CSB)

The disciplemaker who knows he is a soldier fixes his or her gaze on the Lord Jesus but also looks out for other soldiers engaged in warfare. He suffers and endures all things for those who are “the elect,”  those who have been saved, and those who have not yet put their faith in Christ.

Several years ago, I heard Grant Teaff, former football coach at Baylor, speak at a coach’s clinic. He closed his talk by summarizing the “power of one” with this quote:

“I am only one, but I am one.

“I can’t do everything, but I can do something.

“And that which I ought to do, by God’s grace I will do!”

He then went on to say, “You be that one!”

That is my challenge to you: be that one. Be the kind of disciplemaker who is a faithful steward, who is totally dependent on God, and who relies on His resources as he invests in others. Be the kind of disciplemaker who has a soldier’s “whatever it takes” attitude to accomplish the work of God. Everything a disciplemaker does is to please the One who called him or her.

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.