Introduction:

Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.”

The word teach means “To disciple, instruct, or teach.”

Once we have evangelized people, we are to teach them.

The goal of winning souls is not just to see them saved, although that is the first goal.

The goal of winning souls is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We are to teach them the truth of God’s Word.

If we do not teach people the truth of God’s Word, they will become vulnerable to false teaching. They will be targets for the devil’s deception.

If we do not teach people the principles of God’s Word they will never grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ as 2 Peter 3:18 teaches us to do.
Many ministers stop at soul-winning, but we must go a step further to discipleship. We are to evangelize people and then make them disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.

What is the definition of discipleship?

-Conveying to new converts what Christ has taught us

-Teaching people how to follow Christ better and obey the principles of God’s Word

-Systematically explaining the principles of Scripture so that a new convert can understand it

-Enabling them to be servants of Jesus Christ

Someone has not become a true disciple until they are willing and desirous to minister God’s Word to someone else. **A true disciple wants to serve their Savior.

There is a Biblical way this is to be done:
2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

There is a divine order:

-The things that thou hast heard of me: These are the principles that we as mature Christians and ministers of the Gospel understand. We must be strong in our understanding of Scriptural doctrine.

-Commit thou to faithful men: This means that we are to teach these same truths that we have learned to growing faithful Christians.

-Who shall be able to teach others also: The objective of discipleship is that it does not end with the disciple, but that the disciple is then teaching others. We have failed if the process of discipleship does not continue.
This is the Biblical process of discipleship.

Steps for discipling others:

1. Baptizing them.
We are to baptize converts in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost after they have been converted and made a profession of faith. This must be done in a Biblical way:

-The method of baptism: Immersion – they are to be dipped completely in water. See Acts 8:35-38. He had to believe with all his heart first, and then he could be baptized. Baptism does no good for someone who has not made a conscious choice to believe in Jesus Christ. They went down “into” the water.

-The authority of baptism: It should be done by the authorities in the church. Not just anyone should baptize. The apostles were the ones who baptized the converts. Now the authority has transferred to the New Testament church, as we will learn in depth in a later lesson.

-The recipients of baptism: They always must be saved people who have made a public confession of faith. Make sure they have truly believed in Christ and confessed their faith in Him as Romans 10:9 teaches.

2. Teaching them.
This is the main part of what we will do in discipleship. It will take the most time and effort. But we must put forth the effort. And if we teach faithful men diligently, they will be able to teach new converts. The pastor cannot personally spend time with each new convert, but he can teach others to disciple new coverts.

When we teach disciples, what are we to teach them?

Jesus said, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”

We are to teach disciples the doctrine of the Word of God. There is nothing else we are told to teach them. We can use helpful books that explain God’s Word. But whatever we teach them ought to be Biblically sound.

2 Timothy 3:14-17 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

God’s Word is useful for:

-Doctrine: What we believe and teach about God’s Word
-Reproof: Rebuking sin in our lives or in the lives of others
-Correction: Showing people how to live properly instead of in sin
-Instruction in righteousness: Teaching on how to live our lives Biblically
-To furnish the Christian in all good works: God designed that the Word of God would show us how to bring forth good works in our lives.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Final suggestions:
-Start simple: Begin with the Gospel of John or the epistles of John and then move to Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, etc. Leave the harder books for later as the convert continues to grow in the Lord. Give them things that they can understand.

-Be patient: It may take time for the new covert to start truly understanding God’s Word more deeply, and we will have to be consistent and faithful in our teaching.

-Be meek: We are no better than they are, but are just giving the truths that God has entrusted us with.
Galatians 6:1 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

We must be patient with new converts as they learn, and be careful to avoid pride. They may make mistakes, but just restore them back to God’s Word and keep teaching them.

-Be persistent. Don’t give up!

One of the most comforting verses in the Bible is Galatians 6:9: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
It will take time, but be persistent in your efforts.

-Be prayerful about it. As we are discipling coverts, we are praying God will give us the words to give them, and praying that they will understand and grow in the Lord.

-Always teach in such a way so that the disciple can disciple others. Remember, this is how the Lord says it should be done. They should be one day “teaching others also.” Be specific and clear in your teaching. Give them truth in a way that can be repeated. Give them notes, and also good books to read. You may have them take notes. Perhaps providing a notebook for them would be helpful. I am teaching you out of a notebook right now and will send my notes to anyone who wants them. I am trying to teach this in such a way that you can teach it to someone else. Be systematic in your teaching, and be orderly. It’s hard for someone to teach someone else something that is disorganized. Stay orderly, clear, simple, and most of all Biblical. See 1 Corinthains 14:40.
May God help you to make disciples of others!