3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Stress Application | Part 4

October 12, 2015 | Comments Off on 3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Stress Application | Part 4

The second element of disciple-making is stressing application. (See the introduction to this article here.)

The second element of disciple-making is stressing application.

The second element of disciple-making is stressing application.

Stress Application

It’s understandable to want to use a prepared Bible study. They often require much less preparation time. But few prepared studies will meet disciples where they are, and they seldom stress application. While it’s crucial to teach doctrine, teach it within the bounds of disciples’ immediate needs. Make sure that whatever you cover, the disciples know what to do with it in real life: How can they apply it at home, at work, or in their internal lives?

Beyond Gaining Knowledge

A key skill we need to teach our disciples is how to apply biblical principles to everyday questions and needs. The world is ready with answers to every question, so Christians need to know how to find the answers they need in Scripture. Of course not every answer is in the Bible, so disciples need to learn how to reason biblically—looking to Scripture rather than Dr. Phil.

Application is difficult not just because it sometimes doesn’t seem clear, but also because it often means we must act counter-culturally. We need to admit this difficulty to our disciples and walk with them through the challenge. Too many Christians prefer the wisdom of the world, assuming biblical solutions are old-fashioned, judgmental, or meaningless. We need to teach our disciples why and how to be countercultural.

Read Part 5 on Wednesday.

This article was originally published on SmallGroups.com.

3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Introduction | Part 1

3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: What is Discipleship? |Part 2

3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Ask Good Questions | Part 3

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