Be a Barnabas. Pursue a Paul. Train a Timothy.

Part X of our series on Making Disciples

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

So says Jesus in Matthew 7:24.

This month’s field trip for the Work of Mercy of Making Disciples will take you to three different places to connect with three people who will go on to be very, very important in your life.

In the words of Pastor Paul Martin, “Be a Barnabas; Pursue a Paul; Train a Timothy.”

In other words:

  • Make sure you have a peer disciple who is holding you accountable and who you are holding accountable;
  • Ask one person to disciple you formally;
  • Identify one person for you to disciple.

Commit all three of these requests to prayer today, and pray for each one daily in your family worship time until God fulfills all three—even if it takes six years. If he fulfills the first one but not yet the other two, thank him in prayer for the first one and beseech him for the other two. He’ll give them to you. It’s a request he’ll delight in fulfilling, because it’s in accordance with his word and how he desires to train you.

Utilize your offering to facilitate the process of discipling, being discipled, and being with another disciple. Build up a resource library like D. Michael Henderson talked about so that you can regularly be building up the person God sent you to disciple. Hit the Waffle House weekly—hey, three times a week; one for each relationship!—and let God produce the growth he delights to produce in each of these crucial and transformative relationships.

Just don’t order the chocolate chip waffle with extra bacon every time you go.
Oh, and remember to use an “After Action Review” to help make this a learning experience for you.  Here are the questions I ask myself after doing the word:

  • What was the intent?
  • What happened? Why? What are the implications?
  • What lessons did we learn?
  • Now what?

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Seoul USA, a multinational, multicultural ministry supporting the work of the indigenous underground church in North Korea and the spreading of historic underground Christian discipleship practices worldwide. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Mrs. Foley oversee a far-flung staff in the US and across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. Pastor Foley is Dean of Underground University, a missionary training college for North Koreans. He is committed to equipping North Korean church leaders for comprehensive underground Christian service. He is presently a candidate for the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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