BIBLICAL FOUNDATION IS NON-NEGOTIABLE IN RELATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP
We are continuing our blog entries on the five attributes of relational discipleship. So far we have explored the biblical basis of relational discipleship, intentional leadership, and relational environments . In this post, we will look at the foundational role Scripture plays in making disciples.
The key to making disciples like Jesus is to make sure that you are helping your disciples to develop a biblical worldview. If Scripture is not part of your process, then what emerges is a cult. Think about Mormonism. Mormonism is growing at a phenomenal rate; but it is a cult. Think about the various components of the relational discipleship process that Mormonism leverages: intentional leadership, a relational environment, a reproducible process, and they demand alignment from their followers. However, they are not using God’s Word in their process. Without a biblical foundation, you end up with nothing less than a cult.
How can you as an intentional leader help your disciples develop a biblical worldview? Please realize there are multiple ways to help your disciples develop a biblical worldview. Here are three suggestions:
- As an intentional disciple-maker, make sure your lessons or counsel are grounded in a biblical text. In other words, you have to model for your disciples what it means, what it feels like, what is involved in looking at the world from a biblical worldview.
- Ensure those you are investing in are reading the Bible on a systematic plan, which includes daily readings. According to research, there is nothing more powerful in spiritual transformation than studying the Word of God. I have found that a systematic reading plan is the best way to facilitate this process.
- As a disciple-maker, help others to begin to feed themselves spiritually. You cannot create co-dependent disciples. One of the best methods I have found to accomplish this objective is the S.O.A.P. Method. Wayne Cordeiro has been an advocate of this particular method.
- S – stands for Scripture.
- O – stands for Observation.
- A – stands for Application.
- P – stands for Prayer and Praise.
What is your best method of incorporating the Word of God in the life of a disciple? Which method have you found personally to be the best?