Step 3: Develop Discipleship Skills
After you are engaging a discipleship process of your own, and have taken responsibility to develop discipling relationships in your life, be intentional about learning how to best facilitate discipleship.
The Bible contains all information necessary for salvation, trusting Him, and obeying Him1. There is nothing required if us by God that is not communicated clearly in Scripture.
Discipleship entails teaching all that the scriptures say. It also means wisely and skillfully cooperating with the Holy Spirit in the application of scripture to the specific situations of people’s lives.
In preaching this means the preacher has a responsibility to first understand the scriptures, their application to his or her own life, and walk in obedience to them. This is accomplished through study of the scriptures to bring out the meaning2 of them.
Second, the preacher has the job of articulating the meaning3 of the scriptures to his or her audience in a way that will help them understand the meaning and make application of that meaning in their own circumstances of life.
As we all know, some do this better than others. The technical skills involved in interpreting and communicating the Bible operate completely independently of the efficacy of the scriptures themselves. If a preacher stands up and preaches the best sermon ever, in a language you do not understand, you benefit not.
Endeavor to develop helping skills that will facilitate discipleship. These skills are not in and of themselves Scripture, but they make possible the understanding and application of the scriptures.
If you are in a pulpit this means learning how to exposit the scriptures with polished homiletic skills.
If you are in a coffee shop, therapy office, living room, small group, or any other interpersonal4 dynamic, it means developing discipleship skills (AKA helping or people skills).
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This is known as the doctrine of Scriptures sufficiency.↩
Or to exegete using good hermeneutics (theory of interpretation), biblically speaking it means understanding the authors original intent versus giving the text a meaning never intended by the author.↩
A skill known as homiletics; the application of the skills of rhetoric and public speaking to communicate the scriptures↩
Relating to people or communicating between vs the one way (linear) communication of the pulpit.↩