The Qualities of a Disciplemaker Oct9

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The Qualities of a Disciplemaker

"I've made too many mistakes."
"I'm not qualified."
"I don't know the Bible well enough."
"People at church haven't acknowledged me as a leader."

Sound like any thoughts you've had as you've wrestled with being a mentor?  Well, I've got some good news for you friend - you are not alone.  And not only are you not alone, but often those who turn out to be the best mentors are the ones who feel the most ill-equipped.  The ones who have made their share of mistakes.  The ones who don't have all the answers, but are actively working out what they believe about God as life comes at them.  The ones, because of their feelings of inadequacy, placing all their trust and strength in God to provide as they mentor.  And to prove that our inadequacies can actually be what qualifies us, there's Peter - one of the 12 original disciples and one of the key leaders of the spiritual awakening at the beginning of church history.

Through Acts we discover that Peter "didn't have a nickel to his name" and that he was "unschooled, ordinary." (3:6, 4:13a)  Can anyone relate to either of those?  So how did he do it?  How did the first ever sermon he gave, the first sermon of the early church, make 3000 disciples?  If it wasn't his status in society, financial wealth, or schooling/knowledge that gave him success, what was it?

While Peter may have been poor, unschooled, and have no official status in his society, here's a list of what Peter did have - a list I might call "the qualities of a disciplemaker"...

  • the power and partnership of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4)
  • boldness to stand up for his beliefs publicly, especially in the face of mockers & doubters (Acts 2:14)
  • not afraid to speak hard truths to the people, urging and pleading with them (Acts 2:36-40)
  • willingness to be interrupted (Acts 3:1-10)
  • humility; giving glory to God not to himself (Acts 3:12-13)
  • courage (Acts 4:13a)
  • recognized as a companion of Jesus (Acts 4:13b)
  • couldn't keep quiet about what he had seen and heard - spoke out about his experiences (Act 4:20)
  • devoted himself to "doing life" together with other believers - the new believers and the more mature believers (Acts 2:42-47, Acts 4:32)

As you read that list, Peter's seemingly "disqualifications" fade away and his God given traits, abilities, and dependency declare that he is one very qualified disciplemaker.  And I sense the same would go for you.

Peter, the disciple whom Jesus at one point rebuked as "satan"....
Peter, the disciple who betrayed Jesus not once, but three times, at the time Jesus needed a friend most...
Yet Peter - the disciple God chose to lead the charge of the early church .... to be His witness to the ends of the earth...

That's a big task for a typical, broken, sinful fisherman.  But with God by his side, lives were transformed.  And with God by your side, God will do the same!

I pray as we mentor, God would continue to refine us and "qualify" us, gifting us with the exact qualities HE needs of us as we go out and make disciples for His kingdom.

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Screenshot 2016-06-20 at 11.52.45 AM - Edited
Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women
jeni@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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The Qualities of a Disciplemaker Oct9

wordswag_1506955147483

The Qualities of a Disciplemaker

"I've made too many mistakes."
"I'm not qualified."
"I don't know the Bible well enough."
"People at church haven't acknowledged me as a leader."

Sound like any thoughts you've had as you've wrestled with being a mentor?  Well, I've got some good news for you friend - you are not alone.  And not only are you not alone, but often those who turn out to be the best mentors are the ones who feel the most ill-equipped.  The ones who have made their share of mistakes.  The ones who don't have all the answers, but are actively working out what they believe about God as life comes at them.  The ones, because of their feelings of inadequacy, placing all their trust and strength in God to provide as they mentor.  And to prove that our inadequacies can actually be what qualifies us, there's Peter - one of the 12 original disciples and one of the key leaders of the spiritual awakening at the beginning of church history.

Through Acts we discover that Peter "didn't have a nickel to his name" and that he was "unschooled, ordinary." (3:6, 4:13a)  Can anyone relate to either of those?  So how did he do it?  How did the first ever sermon he gave, the first sermon of the early church, make 3000 disciples?  If it wasn't his status in society, financial wealth, or schooling/knowledge that gave him success, what was it?

While Peter may have been poor, unschooled, and have no official status in his society, here's a list of what Peter did have - a list I might call "the qualities of a disciplemaker"...

  • the power and partnership of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4)
  • boldness to stand up for his beliefs publicly, especially in the face of mockers & doubters (Acts 2:14)
  • not afraid to speak hard truths to the people, urging and pleading with them (Acts 2:36-40)
  • willingness to be interrupted (Acts 3:1-10)
  • humility; giving glory to God not to himself (Acts 3:12-13)
  • courage (Acts 4:13a)
  • recognized as a companion of Jesus (Acts 4:13b)
  • couldn't keep quiet about what he had seen and heard - spoke out about his experiences (Act 4:20)
  • devoted himself to "doing life" together with other believers - the new believers and the more mature believers (Acts 2:42-47, Acts 4:32)

As you read that list, Peter's seemingly "disqualifications" fade away and his God given traits, abilities, and dependency declare that he is one very qualified disciplemaker.  And I sense the same would go for you.

Peter, the disciple whom Jesus at one point rebuked as "satan"....
Peter, the disciple who betrayed Jesus not once, but three times, at the time Jesus needed a friend most...
Yet Peter - the disciple God chose to lead the charge of the early church .... to be His witness to the ends of the earth...

That's a big task for a typical, broken, sinful fisherman.  But with God by his side, lives were transformed.  And with God by your side, God will do the same!

I pray as we mentor, God would continue to refine us and "qualify" us, gifting us with the exact qualities HE needs of us as we go out and make disciples for His kingdom.

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Screenshot 2016-06-20 at 11.52.45 AM - Edited
Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women
jeni@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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