Have you ever wondered what a disciple maker looks like? So often, we write about what a Disciple Maker does, says, believes, etc.; but sometimes it is good to have a mental image of what a Disciple Makers is supposed to be. When you hear “Doctor,” an image comes to mind; the same goes for “chef,” “pilot,” and “preacher.” In our desire to be more like Christ and become a disciple maker, we must know what that looks like. In this three-part series, you will see biblical examples of what a Disciple Maker is supposed to be, from the apostle Paul himself. In 1 and 2 Timothy, Paul admonishes Timothy to be faithful to guard the gospel entrusted to him. Notice what he says in 1 Timothy 6: O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” (1 Tim. 6:20, ESV). Paul continually warns Timothy that many will pervert the message of the gospel and stray from the truth. How could Timothy “guard” the gospel? How could he preserve its integrity? What could he do to somehow maintain the purity of the gospel message? The answer – He would do it by “entrusting” it to faithful men who would in turn entrust it to others! He would make disciples who make disciples. In 2 Timothy 2, Paul paints seven portraits of a disciple maker. In these pictures we see the characteristics and qualities necessary to make disciples. Today we will be looking at the first two portraits. 1. The Steward According to Paul, a disciple maker is like a “steward.” A steward is one who manages the resources of another. The disciple maker is entrusted not with material possessions, but with spiritual treasures. Notice 2 Timothy 2:1 & 2: You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (ESV) Paul encourages Timothy to be strong in the grace that is in Christ! He admonishes him to entrust the gospel to faithful men. Like a steward, the disciple maker invests in men he deems faithful. He will seek to equip them with the gospel message and empower them to equip others with that same message. 2. The Soldier A disciple maker is like a soldier.
- He endures suffering
- He avoids entanglements
- His focus is on Christ
- He looks out for fellow soldiers