(II Timothy 2:2) “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”  This verse is such a verse that opens our eyes widely.  Not only is our job to teach the Gospel, but also to teach others how to teach as well.  That makes the great commission that much the more clearer.  The American Standard Version (ASV) of 1901 has long be used along side of the King James Version (KJV) to help us in our studies.  The American Standard of 1901 translates Matthew 28:19 like this: “Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  This along with II Timothy 2:2 opens our eyes to true Bible teaching and what it should be!

 Let us consider what a disciple is.  First, we need to recognize that a disciple is a follower or student of someone.  We obviously want to be disciples of our Lord being followers of his word.  We must know that it is the word of God that makes a disciple.  (Acts 6:7) “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.”  We need to know that disciples are simply Christians.  (Acts 11:26) “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”  We should see that the disciples were worshippers.  (Acts 20:7) “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.”  We as disciples must recognize that we need to continue to grow.   (Acts 14:22) “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” (Acts 18:23) “And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.”  Finally, as disciples we must be simply followers and humble at that!  (Matthew 10:24) “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.”

 By realizing that we are all servants of the Lord.  By knowing that when we convert souls they too will be servants of the Lord.  We know that one of our largest duties in our service is to fulfill the “Great Commission”, thus we must train those who are babes in the faith to teach as well.  The Church will only remain consistent in true spiritual growth if we continue to study and mature as well (II Timothy 2:15).  Let’s teach others so that they can teach, and that the work of the Church will go on!

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