Sunday, February 24, 2008
I believe we have lost the art of discipleship though now days people may us the word mentoring. Now days you don't often hear the word discipleship or find it in the dictionary as its own entry. The definition of discipleship is "the state of a disciple or follower in doctines and precepts." What is a disciple? "a learner; one who receives instruction from another." As we see the decline in today's society, our churches need to got back to one on one discipleship. We are losing people to the world because they are not getting the grounding in the Bible like they need. Because of that and the loss of what a true family is, we are seeing our world go down the drain. We need to have one on one discipleship to help people understand and put into practice what the Bible teaches. However, I believe, because of where the family is at today, that teaching has to go beyond teaching the truths about the Bible but include the basics of life. There are many girls & women who have no clue how to take care of a household and men who don't know how to change oil on the family car or do upkeep on their homes. I believe these are lost skills that need to be taught. Looking at scripture, I find this to be biblical. We see in 1 Tim. 1:2 & 2 Tim. 1:2 that Paul calls Timothy his son or son in the faith. It leads one to believe that Paul was involved in bringing Timothy to a personal relationship with the Lord. In Acts 16, we find that Timothy goes with Paul as he journeys. What a wonderful way to learn, by watching & doing! In Titus 2:3-5, it states that the older women are suppose to teach the younger women. These verses touch on not only Biblical teaching but teaching them to be keepers of the home, too. This can be done so well in a home where you have a believing father & mother. However, in today's society, there is fewer & fewer of these homes. The church body needs to pick up the slack and reach out to disciple those who don't have anyone in their life doing this. This is something that is lacking not only in Children's lives but many adults who didn't have the opportunity to learn from their parents for whatever reason.