On yesterday's blog post I mentioned attending the Universal Disciple seminar by Dr. Thom Wolf and discussed some of the insights that he gave into discipleship the way in which we see Paul doing it in the New Testament. Today I wanted to share what Dr. Wolf calls the Universal Disciple Pattern.
Key to The Universal Disciple Pattern:
In one way or another, you introduce people to who Jesus is: the Rock to build your life on. Jesus taught and the apostles developed the 'rock theology' as the foundation for our faith: Matt. 7:24-28; 16:13-20 with Deut. 32:1-3, 15-18, 30; 21:33-46; 1 Cor. 10:4; Eph. 2:19-22.
Through whatever process and time, the person must come to a personal commitment and surrender to Jesus as Lord and God. John 20:26-31; Acts 8:26-40; Romans 10:8-15.
Personally the new believer must begin to walk worthy of Christ. To do this he/she must put off the old style of living-old vices, and put on the life of Christ-new virtues. Col. 3:5-15; Eph. 4:17-5:17.
Socially, there is a spiritual response or reaction to the new life of the new believer. Some are attracted, some are repelled. Matt. 13:5 and 20-22; 1 Peter 4:1-5; 5:8-9; Acts 14:21-22; 1 Thess. 3:1-5. But the personal transformation impacts the convert's circle of influence.
The core experience here is:
Word: "let the Word of Christ dwell in your richly" (Colossians 3:16)
Spirit: "be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18)