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Being a Disciplemaker

Here are 12 biblical principles for making disciples

1. Intentional Relationship Building

Discipleship is deeply relational. The Scriptures emphasize one-on-one relationships where believers invest personally in the lives of those they disciple.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

2. Scriptural Foundation

The importance of Scripture as the authority and guide in all aspects of life and discipleship is stressed. (See Word Hand)

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." - 2 Timothy 3:16

3. Reproducibility

Disciples are trained in such a way that they can then disciple others, perpetuating a cycle of spiritual multiplication. (Multiplication)

"And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also." - 2 Timothy 2:2

4. Prayer

Prayer is foundational, providing guidance, power, and resources for discipleship.  (Prayer Hand)

"Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving." - Colossians 4:2

5. Life Integration

Discipleship should permeate all aspects of life — work, home, church, and community. (Wheel Illustration)

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men." - Colossians 3:23

6. Evangelism

Sharing the gospel is integral to their mission. (Gentle Evangelism)

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." - Matthew 28:19

7. Holistic Growth

Discipleship involves spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.

"And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man." - Luke 2:52


Serving others is a key component of discipleship. (Obedience - Wheel Illustration)

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." - 1 Peter 4:10

9. Leadership Development

Identifying and nurturing potential leaders is a priority.

"He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." - Ephesians 4:11-12

10. Accountability

Accountability within discipleship relationships fosters growth, integrity, and faithfulness.

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." - Proverbs 27:17

11. Community

Being part of a community is essential for spiritual growth and support. (Fellowship - Wheel Illustration)

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." - Hebrews 10:24-25

12. Commitment to Continual Learning

A commitment to lifelong learning deepens understanding of God and effectiveness in ministry.

"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." - 2 Peter 3:18

These principles for making disciples emphasize a holistic, relational, and biblically grounded journey for growth and multiplication.


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