Tag: strengthening the disciples
Scripture reading for May 30th: Acts 18
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Acts 18:23 “After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.”
Paul, the great missionary and church planter of the early church recognized the need to follow up on those who had become disciples of Jesus during his missionary journeys. He understood that believers needed to grow in knowledge and have fellowship with those gift people that God had called to equip them for the work of ministry and teach them the ways of Christ. With this in mind, Paul decided to visit each place where he had preached and there were disciples and to spend time with them. His teaching and example would strengthen them and multiply the ministry of reaching all men with the gospel.
Observations for over-comers: God has called us to make disciples, not just converts! This requires spending time with those we have helped to find a relationship with Christ, teaching and allowing them to see our lives as examples. “When I was a boy in my father’s house, still tender, and the only child of my mother, he taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.” (Proverbs 4:4-6)