Disciple Making Illustrated

Jailer and familyHave you ever wanted to see a successful disciple making team in action?

Then this is your chance!

Here is how Paul and Silas used four of the five disciple making skills to see a jailer and his family encounter and embrace God:

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.

The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

Acts 16:25-34

Your turn:

  1. How did Paul and Silas show that they were helpful, hopeful people?
  2. How did Paul and Silas help the jailer understand what God was saying to him?
  3. How did Paul and Silas stimulate the jailer to have spiritual conversations with his household?
  4. How did Paul and Silas mentor the jailer to help his household discover God in the word of God and respond to him in obedience?
  5. What insights do you have about these disciple making skills from Paul and Silas?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

6 thoughts on “Disciple Making Illustrated

    1. Hi Dave. I wonder if I would have been as gracious, too. Actually, I’m afraid that I wouldn’t have responded like Paul and Silas.

      The good news for me is that their example has led me to reflect and focus a lot more on the internals.

      Specifically, how am I nurturing the hope that I have in God and in his good purposes and promises?

      Thanks for your friendship and partnership in making disciple of the lost,


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