Friday, January 14, 2005

Self-Starting Discipleship

2 Timothy 2v2 - Paul teaches Timothy to teach what Paul has taught Timothy (the gospel) to people who will be able to teach others.... Paul has in mind an unending chain of disciple makers... the challenge then I'm finding for ministry is to disciple people with the expectation and sufficient investment that they can go on to disciple others.

When I struggle with this, I remember a story an old missionary re-counted to me. He taught the gospel to an illiterate people, he preached a message to them and returned a month later. One of the congregation he'd preached to was there, and he said - "you're preaching this week". To which the man said, "I don't know what to say". The missionary then said, "do you remember what I preached before". The man said "no". And so the missionary told him again, and said - now preach that.

We have an amazing message, God's good news about Jesus death... we just need to get telling people...