12 traits of a disciple-maker

March 12, 2019

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands us to “go and make disciples.” So to be obedient to the Great Commission, we need to ask ourselves a question — “During the disciple-making process, what traits should a disciple have?” Here are 12 traits of a growing disciple with accompanying Scripture verses:

  1. They love God’s Word.
    “How I love your instruction! It is my meditation all day long.” — Psalm 119:97 (CSB)
  2. They internalize God’s Word.
    “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” — Psalm 119:11 (NIV)
  3. They pray with boldness.
    “Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found.” — Psalm 32:6 (NIV)
  4. They are being mentored.
    “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” — Proverbs 11:14 (NIV)
  5. They are mentoring others.
    “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” — 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)
  6. They love their wife. / They submit to their husband.
    “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.” — Ephesians 5:25 NIV
    “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” — Ephesians 5:22 (NIV)
  7. They teach their children.
    “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” — Deuteronomy 6:7 (NIV)
  8. They meet regularly with other believers.
    “And let us not neglect our meeting together.” — Hebrews 10:25a (NLT)
  9. They serve at their church.
    “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” — 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
  10. They give their money.
    “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” — 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
  11. They love their neighbor.
    “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” — Leviticus 19:18 (NIV)
  12. They share the gospel.
    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” — Acts 1:8 (NIV)

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list but it provides a starting point.


by Mark Smith  /  
Family Evangelism and Discipleship  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Raising awareness about the opioid epidemic

The Christian Life & Public Affairs (CLPA) Special Committee is focusing on the opioid epidemic this year.I was shocked to discover that the greatest rise in death in recent years is with a synthetic opioid analgesic called fentanyl. According the National Institute on Drug...

Easter offers opportunity to share hope of Christ

As we approach Easter and turn our thoughts and attention to the celebration of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, let us also remember that we have an incredible opportunity during this time of the year to share the love of Jesus with those who have not yet come to know...

When the opioid crisis hits home

Eight months before he died Parker Stephenson shared this on Facebook: "Lately, God has taught me a lot about myself and about life, how fragile life can be. It reminds me that every day is a gift to be treasured. Life itself is a gift. My grandfather’s recent cancer diagnosis has...

Sisters, lift up your eyes

Let’s face it, if you claim to be an authentic biblical woman you will no doubt be in a constant fight to live counter to our culture. It’s a good fight, but it is an exhausting fight. What’s right is wrong, and what’s wrong is right. It’s confusing, it’s discouraging and it’s...

12 traits of a disciple-maker

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands us to “go and make disciples.” So to be obedient to the Great Commission, we need to ask ourselves a question — “During the disciple-making process, what traits should a disciple have?” Here are 12 traits of a growing disciple with accompanying...

How to equip teens and young adults for evangelism

The generation of teenagers and young adults we are trying to reach today is the most rapidly changing generation yet. It’s also the most tech-savvy generation to date, presenting to us a population that has never known a world without cell phones or digital media. Ministry...

5 simple steps to healthy family ministry

I once met with a struggling pastor who, for years, had been trying to encourage parents in his church to be more intentional with disciple-making in their homes. He had modeled disciple-making in his own home, preached on discipleship in the home and made various resources...

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering helps ‘send hope’

I’m thankful for the long and rich history that Southern Baptists have enjoyed in working together to fulfill the Great Commission through local, national and global missions and ministry efforts. One of those partnerships that we enjoy is with the North American Mission Board...

]

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest news and event information by signing up for the N.C. Baptist newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!