This is what 2nd generation disciple making looks like to us..
Dan and I were sent out to spread the Gospel in a needy community. Soon we met Mr. and Mrs. G who welcomed us into their home after accepting our offer to learn from the Bible together. The first story was from Genesis. After the story, we asked simple questions that each person could answer. As our conversation finished, we prayed briefly and asked if they would like to meet again. Since they enjoyed the short visit, they invited us to come back.
By our fourth visit and fourth lesson, the G’s were really beginning to understand the Good News. Then, unexpectedly, Mr. G asked, “Would it be okay for us to invite some of our other relatives to come learn from the Bible? We’ve been telling them about these studies and they are interested too.” Trying to contain our excitement, we said, “Yes, that would be wonderful! But let’s do it this way—rather than us leading the discussion, you, Mr. G, can do it.”
“Me? I wouldn’t know how!” he answered. “It will be easy. We can use the story we started with and after the story, you simply ask the questions and let others answer. When we are finished, you can pray a simple prayer. If you need help we will be with you. But you will do fine!”
Mr. G reluctantly agreed. Although he did not know this, we wanted Mr. G, not us, to be viewed as the leader of the new group.
On our fifth visit Mrs. G opened the door. I walked in, sat down and counted 17 people! Mr. G led them all in exploring God’s Word, following the simple plan we had modeled over the previous four visits. Not many days later, Mr. and Mrs. G received Jesus. Dan and I had the honor of baptizing them. Eventually more family members believed. Teaching shifted to topics on obeying the commands of Jesus. Soon a fellowship (or house church) started in the G’s home.
What a rewarding experience this was for Dan and me! We thanked George, the man who had discipled us. George had learned a way to present the message of Jesus Christ so people could understand. Simple lessons sparked dialogue and personal application of truth. And they were easy to teach others. We used these lessons and were quickly able to pass them on to Mr. G. He grew in his leadership skills, and so did others. Using this simple approach, Mr. G’s brother-in-law eventually was trained as elder of the fellowship.
Presenting the Gospel in this way can result in making disciples and training new leaders. George used it to start a whole disciple-making movement. That’s what we want to do too!
… And that is what 2nd generation disciple making looks like to us!
Try this great resource: Discovery Bible Studies developed by David Watson https://internationalproject.org/our-vision/resources/discovery-bible-study-resources/