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Quick Advice to Young Disciples

Met a young man today who I had a good conversation with.  He is a young disciple, zealous for the Lord, and he appeared to have a genuine love for Jesus.  He said that he wanted to be an evangelist and travel the United States preaching the gospel.  I applauded his zeal.

I did ask him to tell me how much time he is spending right now reading theology books.  He admitted to not much at all.  I challenged him to spend time reading theology as 1 Timothy 4:16 warns us:

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

I like how the New King James translates the verse:

Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Doctrine is vital.  How can we point people to Jesus if we don’t really know Jesus and I mean the biblical Jesus.  We see in our world today many different Jesus’.  Jesus said this would be to His disciples 2000 years ago (Matthew 24:4-5).  It is possible to be deceived with empty words (Ephesians 5:6).  John the Beloved warned us to test the spirits (1 John 4:1-4).  We must guard against error by standing in the truth.

I warned this young man that postmodernism has a way of trying to making truth a non-essential.  We must then stand firm in the truth of God if we are to see souls saved.  True salvation must come through true preaching.  And true preaching can only come through preaching the inerrant truth of the Word of God (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

So my advice to my young disciples would be this:

  • Read, study, and memorize Scripture.  Spend time daily in the Word (Matthew 4:4).  
  • Learn to pray (Luke 11:1).  Find an older disciple of Christ who knows how to pray through.  Watch their prayer lives and learn to pray from them (Hebrews 13:7).
  • Read books on prayer from the likes of Leonard Ravenhill, E.M. Bounds, John Hyde, John Bunyan, Samuel Chadwick, R.A. Torrey, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, and Andrew Murray.
  • Read theology and learn how to labor through theology books.  They are not always easy nor fun reading but they are essential to understanding our faith and standing firm in the Word.  I recommend reading The Works of Arminius.
  • Find a disciple whom you can confess sin to and pray with (James 5:16).  We need each other to stand firm (Hebrews 3:12-13).  Pour into other disciples (2 Timothy 2:2).
  • Above all, love God with all that is in you and love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:29-31).
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Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/01/2012 at 12:50 AM

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