The Bible is very practical. There are examples in scripture of laypeople learning to disciple others. We cannot become reliant upon one individual (Pastor or Sunday school teacher) to give us all that we need to grow spiritually. Moses tried to do this at one point in Israel’s history, but his father-in-law helped him to see a better way.
1. Show others what God would have them to BE and DO.
Ex. 18:20-26 “And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.”
2. Select people with the character, desire, & ability to teach others.
“Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them,”
3. Give them tasks based upon their abilities.
“to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:”
4. Challenge them to deal Biblically with all types of sin.
“And let them judge the people at all seasons:”
5. Pastors should not delegate to others what God has called us to do.
“and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge:”
LESSON - If we would do our job to disciple others and allow PASTOR to do his job, the Lord will be pleased by our efforts and we will keep our Pastor encouraged. Let’s make his burden a little lighter by fulfilling our call to go make disciples.
“so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace. So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.”