08/18/19 Practical Discipleship: Discipling in Groups

READING: Mark 3:13-16

We know that Jesus called 12 men to be His apostles (Mark 3:13-16). We also know that He spent significant time with Peter, James, and John (e.g., Mark 5:37, 9:2, 14:33). In addition, I think it’s fair to argue that Jesus spent even more time with Peter, the leader of the disciples, and John, the “one whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). Thus, Jesus spent one-on-one time, one-on-three time, and one-to-group time with His disciples.

As a disciplemaker, I enjoy my one-on-one time with the men I’m discipling. On the other hand, the example of Jesus reminds me to broaden my approach to invest in more than one person in different settings. Doing so allows me to accomplish more in the same amount of time; that is, I can invest in 2-3 people during the same hour rather than giving each person one hour per week. At the same time, these men can be iron sharpening iron for each other – as well as for me (Prov 27:17).  They can teach each other more than what I can teach them alone, particularly because they’re currently sharing a stage of life I passed through long ago. 

As usual, it’s clear that Jesus’ method is always the right one.

PRAYER: “Lord, give me wisdom in investing in my disciples.”   

TOMORROW’S READING:  Psalms 46-50, Romans 9:6-33