Summary: Christian ministry can never distance itself from teaching. Are you growing as a Christ follower? Many parents make a mark on the wall by the door to indicate a child’s height as the child grows year after year. If the Heavenly Father did that, would
This sermon was preached by Scotty L Killingsworth to the Evergreen Church on October 26, 2003.
It is the fourth installment in a series of sermons on the Biblical church that includes The Biblical Church is right on growth, worship, leadership, discipleship, family and money.
The series is taken from First Timothy chapter four.
The sermon title is: The Biblical Church is right on discipleship
In our First Timothy study we have seen that a Biblical church is right on church growth, right on worship, right on leadership/governance and today we will look closely at chapter four and see that the Biblical church is right on discipleship.
The second step in the Great Commission is discipleship. Matthew 28:19-20 (quickview)  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. We baptize and then teach.
Christian ministry can never distance itself from teaching. Are you growing as a Christ follower? Many parents make a mark on the wall by the door to indicate a child’s height as the child grows year after year. If the Heavenly Father did that, would some of us be shorter instead of taller, more immature instead of more mature? Or would we stand taller every year?
We need to grow mentally. It is vital that you remain a learner for all your life
We need to learn more. Philippians 1:9 (quickview) And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
We need to remember more. Jesus quoted Scripture when He was tempted. Do we know enough Scripture to get ourselves out of trouble? Do we know enough Scripture to keep from getting into trouble?
We need to understand more 1 Corinthians 14:20 (quickview)  Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults; It will do little good to learn and remember if we do not understand what we have learned.
We need to grow physically. All of us need to be healthier; We are God’s temple.
We need to get proper rest, diet and exercise. We need to be balanced in all things (vis a vis) moderate in all things)
We Need to Grow Socially.
We need to be kinder to our friends Friendship is never to be taken lightly. Abraham was called “the friend of God” and Jesus called his disciples friends. Friendship can be a bridge for bringing people to Christ. Many times we try to influence people without first making them our friends. It seldom works.
We need to know how to treat our enemies (Luke 6:27 (quickview) ). “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic