How Do I Witness And Disciple?
Every believer has the responsibility to be a witness for Jesus and make disciples. This process of sharing the gospel and making disciples is one that should be continually repeated. As we preach the gospel, baptize new converts, and teach them the Word of God, they in turn should do the same.
2 Timothy 2:2
Believers Are Disciplers
- You are the only Bible that most people will read. This means that most people are not going to sit down and study the Bible, but they will watch your life. Your life is a living testimony to what you believe.
1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Corinthians 3:1–3
- As a person who makes disciples, you are leading people. Therefore, you are asking them to follow you. You need to make sure you are following Jesus so your way of life can be imitated. As people learn to follow the Lord, they will mimic us and the way that we follow Him.
2 Thessalonians 3:7–9; Hebrews 6:12; 13:7; 3 John 11; 1 Corinthians 4:16, 11:1; Ephesians 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14; Philippians 3:17
- As a person who makes disciples, we need to have a strong relationship with the Lord. We are to put off our former way of life and live unto God. Our character should become more like Jesus’. He should be changing us from the inside out.
Psalm 15; Ephesians 4:20–32; Colossians 3; James 1:21
- As a person who makes disciples, we should be consistently studying our Bibles, worshipping God, attending church consistently, giving, praying, serving, and doing good works for the glory of God. We are to model what we teach.
Disciplers Preach The Gospel (Four Steps To Teaching The Gospel)
- Step One: You are a sinner and death is your penalty. Most people believe they are good people, but the Bible says that all are sinners. You need to help people realize they have sinned against God, and the punishment for this is death and eternal separation from God. You can refer to different Bible verses and take people through the Ten Commandments to show them their sinful condition.
Exodus 20; 34:7; Romans 3:12–23; Hebrews 9:27; John 3:36
- Step Two: Jesus died and rose again for you. Once people realize their sinful condition, they need to know how God made a way for their sin to be forgiven through the gospel. God showed His love to us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to save sinners. He was perfectly good or sinless—He never disobeyed God’s laws. He didn’t have to die, but He loved us so much that He willingly died on the cross to pay the price for our sin. Three days later He arose, proving everything that He had claimed was true.
John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21
- Step Three: You must repent and put your faith in Jesus Christ. Once a person realizes the death and resurrection of Jesus, then they need to hear the gospel call: repent and believe. Repentance is renouncing your former way of life (sin, pride, self-righteousness, etc.) and turning to a new way of life that is only found in the Lord Jesus. This is a change of mind, heart, and life based on the understanding of truth. Faith is trusting in Jesus to save you. You trust that Jesus’ death and resurrection is enough to forgive your sins. This is more than intellectual assent of the facts about Jesus, but you are basing your salvation on them.
- Step Four: Salvation is a gift of grace that you must receive. Once a person is in agreement with their sinful condition, the death and resurrection of Jesus, and heard the gospel call to repent and believe, then the time has come for them to accept the gift of salvation. Explain that salvation is a gift of grace from God, therefore it is not earned by anything we do (good works, baptism) but is freely given to us with the only condition of accepting it. From a repentant heart, they can confess to God, placing their trust in Jesus, depending exclusively in Him, and nothing else for their salvation. At that point they become a believer.
Ephesians 2:8–9; Romans 6:23; 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 4:12
Disciplers Make Disciples (Principles In Training Others)
- Discipleship starts with the gospel, but it does not stop there. We are to continue teaching and training every believer in the faith. Each believer should be praying that God will give them someone specifically to give the gospel to, study the Bible with, and train. After we pray, we watch for people who we can train, expecting God to answer our prayers.
- Discipleship is teaching others. Find one or more persons who would be willing to study the Bible with you, and pick a time to get together each week. When you get together here are some suggestions to follow: teach them how to pray; teach them how to read their Bibles, discuss what was read and answer any questions they have; teach a Bible lesson using the Firm Foundations lessons; help them become members of a church, find a place to serve and encourage them to take notes during the church services; help them memorize the books of the Bible and Bible verses; eventually, teach them how to start discipling others.
- Discipleship is life on life, meaning that you will not only sit down and teach them lessons about the Bible, but they also will spend time with you and learn from your life. Jesus trained His disciples by being with them. Many things are caught more than taught.
Mark 3:14; 1 Corinthians 16:10–11, 4:17
- Discipleship is double vision, meaning that you see where a person is and where a person can be through the power of the gospel. No matter how bad someone’s situation is, you know what God can do to change their life. Your disciples will make mistakes, but we are called to have compassion and trust that God is doing a work in them. Your disciples will become your friends and you should refer to them as your friends and not “my disciples”.
Judges 6:13–18; Hebrews 5:1–4
- Who has the responsibility to make disciples?
- What are the four steps to presenting the gospel?
- Does making disciples just mean sharing the gospel? Why or why not?
- What are some of the principles in training others?
- Are you ready to make disciples?