Summary: Paul, A disciple-making Grandparent
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (II Tim. 2:2).
Spiritual Grandfather – Paul – Disciple-maker
Son in ministry – Timothy – Learner
Third Generation – Faithful men – Passed lessons on
Fourth Generation – Others – The proof of Christianity
A. WHAT GRANDPARENTS DO THAT PARENTS DON’T DO
1. Grandparents make you feel grown up, while parents treat you as a child.
2. Grandparents can deal with positive gentleness, while parents must deal with negative consequences.
3. Grandparents point out your future greatness, while parents must deal with your present shortcomings.
4. Grandparents can build individual initiative, while parents must deal with your personal responsibility and accountability.
5. Grandparents have learned what is eternally important, and can overlook immediate issues.
B. WHAT IS A DISCIPLE-MAKING GRANDPARENT?
1. You are a reproducer of reproducers.
a. Because children are mimickers they live out your examples.
b. How you influence them is how they will be grandparents for future generations.
2. Your life will outlive your lessons.
3. You pour your soul into them. “As apostles of Christ . . . we were gentle among you as a parent cherishing a baby . . . giving you not only the gospel, but we poured our own lives into you” (I Thess. 2:7-8, ELT).
4. You become necessary to them.
5. You have not finished until they pour into others, what you poured into them.
C. WHAT DOES A DISCIPLE LOOK LIKE?
1. Makes a radical decision for salvation. “Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23).
2. Has a dedication to be like Jesus. “Christ . . . leaving us an example that we should follow His steps” (I Peter 2:21).
3. Learns to abide in Christ. “I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
4. Learns to live by the Scriptures. “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32).
5. Knows how to pray. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).
6. Makes love the distinguishing mark of life. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34).
7. Testifies to and serves others. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
D. HOW DISCIPLE-MAKERS DO IT
1. By example. Paul told Timothy, “You have carefully followed My doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecution . . .” (II Tim. 3:10-11).