The last post was a combination of Acts 18 and 1 Thessalonians 1. I’m following the Foundations reading plan this year, so I’ll be posting the readings of that plan.
Discipleship involves speaking the gospel amid opposition.
There’s always a risk in discipleship of speaking in a way to avoid suffering by pleasing men.
Sometimes defending your calling becomes necessary.
Discipleship must be with gentleness.
Discipleship includes speaking the word but also the giving of your lives to them.
Discipleship is hard work and long hours.
In discipleship, you must walk uprightly toward/with those you are discipling.
To make disciples one must exhort (strongly urge them), encourage, and implore disciples.
And lastly (and something we rarely talk about), the faith and growth of disciples will be our glory and joy. It is so encouraging to see others getting it! It reminds me of this: 3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. – 3 John 1:3-4
Can we not start noticing how people are growing and being faithful and encourage them by telling them “I’m so thankful to see you doing _________!” Do we even notice? How encouraged one might be to press on?!?!