Saturday, September 2, 2006

Biblical Training Is So Important

The training of disciples is seriously lacking in many churches. This is a plea for the pastors to train and equip disciples of Jesus Christ in your church. Many pastors and church members wonder why there are so many people walking out the back door as quick as they walk in the front door. Either #1 they are not really saved or #2 they have not been trained, discipled, or mentored.

I wanted to share some important verses about training to encourage you.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” More times than not we think of this verse as children, I think not! It applies to the newly saved in Christ as well.

2 Timothy 3:10-17

10 All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God

“You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra — which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

-Scripture provides positive training “instruction” originally referred to training a child in godly behavior, not merely rebuke and correction of wrong behavior—John MacArthur

Titus 2:11-15

11 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”

-Salvation is transforming (new birth) produces a new life in which the power of sin has been broken—John MacArthur

The modern church of Jesus Christ needs to be a training institution, a place where people are saved from sin and trained, mentored, and discipled; in other words grow in their faith. Catch the importance of discipleship!

In Bible times, a student. Whereas a student today studies a subject (law, architecture, or whatever), a disciple in olden days learned from a teacher. Attachment to a specific teacher was the essence of discipleship. The Pharisees and John the Baptist had disciples (Mark 2:18). The Jews saw themselves as disciples of Moses (John 9:28). The term is used often in the Gospels and Acts of the followers of Jesus. They learned from him and attached themselves wholeheartedly to him. It meant putting Christ before family and possessions. It meant taking up the cross (Luke 14:26-33). Today, too, to be a disciple of Jesus means total commitment.

The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook, Walter A. Elwell, Editor, (Harold Shaw Publ., Wheaton , IL; 1984), pp. 348-349


Anonymous said...

Let me say that it should not be the pastors who are ONLY doing the training aand equipping of believers. It should be overseen by a pastor, but it does not matter who does the training. It just needs to be done.

We just cannot let new believers fall through the cracks anylonger in lack of understanding doctrine and the Bible in general.

Look around in your church and see who needs to be discipled.

Tim said...
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Tim said...

Ok, so how do you suppose we do that?

Only around 15-20% (conservative estimate) of the people in the world are auditory learners, meaning they learn by hearing. That means the vast majority of educational experiences are only meaningful to a small group of people. The sermon and norman bible study just don't cut it as an effective means of education. Also, the common cell groups; wich focus on sharing, caring, feeling, worshipping, etc. tend to really be geared towards women and men with feminine qualities.

So, do you have a better methodology than what is being presented? Or, is this a cry of frustration - which just propogates the frustration? Man, I don't have the answer. I'm sincerely looking. I'm afriad that that future of the church in westerin society depends upon it to a large degree.


Tim said...

"norman" was supposed to be "normal." Blast the typos!!!


Anonymous said...

Tim, sorry about the typos, guess that is what I get for posting in a hurry.

I don't know what biblical training is best to use, it is just needed big-time in the church; I do know that!

I am SBC, but I am not suggesting using only Lifeway material. John MacArthur, and groups like Founders' have some good Bible studies out there.

For goodness sakes take a new disciple of Christ through the Book of John in order to learn about the life and ministry of Christ or Romans for its theological content.

What I am suggesting is that we need to see that new converts in Jesus Christ are trained somehow in doctrine and the Bible.