three roles of a disciple maker

herald One of the greatest disciple makers of all time never referred to himself as a disciple maker.

Instead, Paul twice described himself as a herald and an apostle and a teacher (1 Timothy 2:7 and 2 Timothy 1:11).

Here is how these three roles relate to the disciple making process.

As a herald, the disciple maker finds a way to tell others the gospel story. This is how the lost learn that “there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

As an apostle, the disciple maker guides the formation of Christian community. Households become households of faith through baptism, and are established on the foundation of Christ himself (1 Corinthians 3:10-11).

As a teacher, the disciple maker reproduces himself or herself. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).

Your turn:

  1. What words best describe your disciple making activity?
  2. Of the three words that Paul used, which one would you like to become more descriptive of you? Who can you learn from to become that kind of disciple maker?

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