I had been very blessed to attend Intentional Discipleship Conference 2017 last week. Too many new learnings from great speakers who champions love for God and intentional discipleship. As part of applying the learnings, I want to write my notes and reflect on them post conference.
I would like to start with the talk of Dr. Samuel Chand on Recruiting Disciplers. His talk was mainly anchored on a passage in Luke:
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:
Luke 6:12-13 ESV
The main thing that struck me was that recruiting discipler effectively is more on choosing the right people intentionally and not just getting all who volunteer. In the passage, Jesus intentionally chose only 12 as His apostles among His many disciples. A discipler is different from a disciple, such that a discipler is a disciple who makes disciple. Jesus elevated the 12 apostles because He knew that after His ascension to heaven, these men would be His workers to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. He knew that through God’s grace and the Holy Spirit, the apostles would have the following qualities of a discipler:
- Strong – people who are not afraid of instruction and correction.
- Teachable – people who are humble, willing to learn and progresses in learning
- Attentive – people who listens and observes that is why they learn so quickly
- Firm – people who are not swayed by manipulative people
- Faithful – people who defends the Lordship of Jesus no matter what (in Sam Chand’s talk he mentioned being faithful to the pastor as always being ready to defend but Pastor Peter Tan-Chi later qualified to do this ONLY if the pastor does the right thing in the eyes of God and not tolerate wrongdoings)
Dr Chand also discussed the 4 steps undertaken in discipleship:
- Declaration – acknowledging Christ’s lordship in our lives through our words and action
- Distress – when we declare Christ in our lives, we experience distress and persecutions or we simple struggle internally to live out the life that Jesus wants for us
- Development – distress produces development, it is through test and trials that we grow stronger in faith
- Demonstration – it is while we declare Christ’s work on us, experience and overcome distress we developed Christlikeness, that we demonstrate how to be a discipler
As a young follower of Christ, I now clearly know the end goal, that is to demonstrate Christlikeness and love for the Lord by being a discipler. Though right now, I’m still a taker (a disciple) who learns about God and discipleship, I have to develop the STAFF qualities as a disciple so that later on I would be an effective disciple maker. I pray that thru God’s grace, I can take these learnings to heart and apply them in any possible situation in my daily life.
Soli Deo Gloria!
My boss, who is also a Christian, shared that the way we should run our team should based on Jesus’ management style. In every decision-making, we should always ask ourselves, what would Jesus do? I was able to connect the talk of Sam Chand to what my boss was saying and I must say they relate quite well. Indeed, Jesus’ teachings are applicable in any areas of life, we just need to seek and involve Him.