A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

The phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words” comes from an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “A picture paints a thousand characters.” It means to say a picture or illustration can convey an idea or truth with a thousand times more clarity than words can.

When writing 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul knew he was coming to the end of his life and ministry, and he sent one final letter to Timothy, admonishing him to guard the gospel that had been entrusted to him. In chapter 2, Paul reminded Timothy of the qualities a godly leader must have. He painted a full-length portrait of what a disciplemaker ought to look like if he is to entrust the gospel to others.

Let me remind you of several things that are foundational.

First, Christ followers are not to be consumers; they are to be gospel coworkersRegrettably, this is not the case in most churches. After surveying thousands of evangelical churches, Ed Stetzer lamented, “The majority of members in the majority of our churches are not engaged in meaningful ministry or missions.”

Second, members ought to see themselves as ministers, not just members. Notice what Paul said in Ephesians chapter 4:11 And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. (Ephesians 4:11-13, CSB)

The work of pastors and teachers is to train, or equip, others to do the work of ministry. They are not doing ministry alone; they are seeking to empower all their members to do ministry so the church body can grow and mature. The primary ministry of the local church is to make disciples who make disciples.

The work of pastors and teachers is to train, or equip, others to do the work of ministry. They are not doing ministry alone; they are seeking to empower all their members to do ministry so the church body can grow and mature Click To Tweet

Third, ministry will occur when God works through you to meet the needs of others for His glory. Notice what Paul said in Ephesians 2:

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10, CSB)

The word translated as“workmanship” in the CSB is a word that means “masterpiece.” This implies that God is actively involved in doing a deep work in you so He can work through you to accomplish His purposes!

As you read and reflect on this, I want you to picture yourself not just as a church member but as a minister who makes disciples.  Next week we will look at the disciplemaker as a steward who entrusts the gospel to faithful men and women.

Book Excerpt, “The Heart Of A Disciplemaker”

Ch. 3 – A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

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.