Characteristics of a Disciple Maker | Downline Podcast
Loving God and loving others
Everything flows out of this. In response to the love we first received from God, we love others. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” John 15:9 (NIV). Just as Paul said to the Thessalonians because we love others so much, we not only give them the gospel, but we give them our very lives. This is what we base our definition of discipleship on; this is why we disciple: because we love you so much.
Having an eternal perspective
We are built for eternity. However, because sin entered the world, what we were meant to experience with God, we will not until we get to Heaven. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV).
There will never come a time in this life when we won’t be in need of God, and won’t be in need of being discipled. As Christians, we should be on a trajectory of growth. Having an eternal perspective means everything we hope and long for will not be satisfied in this life, and everything we hope and long for the people we’re discipling will not be realized. But, faith, hope, and love are enduring things that we can pass on.
Maintaining/being a person of sound doctrine
Sound Doctrine is having a right understanding of the orthodox, historic Christian faith, a right understanding of scripture, and a right experience of that doctrine that the text lays out. A lot of people will believe in Christ, but hold contradictory positions along with that belief. We need to hold to the full council of God. In order to do this, we need to study up. As Corey says, “the Christian should be the smartest person in the room.” As disciplers, we are in the ministry of teaching. A believer should be studious in their handling of the scriptures. If we disciple others, we don’t have to be theology majors, but there has to be a desire to be in the act of learning, which is part of why Downline exists. We are trying to help people overcome the barriers that stop them from making disciples.