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Paul's Discipleship Model  


20 min

A diagram of 2 Timothy 3.10-11 which depicts Paul's model of discipleship.


The purpose of this exercise is to see that discipleship is much more than merely communicating knowledge.

Begin by allowing participants to read through 2 Timothy 3.10-11, including the surrounding verses--preferably in more than one translation.  Then take each of the eight elements that Paul mentioned one by one.  Write "Teaching" in a box on the left and invite comments on what that means.  Then write "Conduct" or "Way of Life" in another box and ask the same question.  Then ask why both are important, and what happens when one is eliminated.

Draw a long line toward the upper right-hand side of the page and label it "Aim in Life" or "Purpose," asking again what this means.

Draw a cloud at the end of the line and label it "Faith." While this word depicts our basic trust it God, it also expresses our belief that "God can do it" when it comes to accomplishing His mission. 

Above the line, draw a box with the word "Patience" with arrows going in both directions.  This reminds us that not everything happens immediately, and we must wait on God's timing.

On the line, draw a heart with the word "Love" to remind us of the sacrificial nature of disciple-making (this word is agape).

Below the line, draw another box with the word "Endurance."  Invite discussion on what this means.  Then ask how to reconcile endurance with patience, as they could seem to be contradictory terms. 

Finally, draw a lightning bolt across the line and write "Persecutions and Sufferings" to demonstrate that, even though our deepest hardships, other disciples see how God's strength and resolve works in us. 

Complete this exercise by getting participants into pairs and let them share the one element with which they need the most help. 

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Alphabetical Listing of Training Elements

  15-Second Testimony
  Acts 2 Study
  Allen, Roland - Strategic Points
  Allen, Roland - Substance of Paul’s Preaching
  Allen, Roland - The Teaching
  Are We Disciples of Jesus Christ
  Balance in the Five-Fold Ministry
  Banyan Trees and Banana Trees
  Big Vision
  Blind Spot
  Breaking the Rules
  Church Identity Triangle
  Coaching Plan
  Coleman, Robert - The Master's Plan
  Community Survey
  CPM Continuum
  Creation to Christ Story
  Creative Problem Solving
  Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee
  Disciple-Making and Raising Children
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Believers
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Unbelievers
  Door-to-Door Preparation
  Ee-Taow, Part 1
  Ee-Taow, Part 2
  Eims, Leroy - Biblical Examples
  Eims, Leroy - Early Church
  Eims, Leroy - Two Examples
  Forces of Light and Darkness
  Four Kinds of Disciples
  Four Stages / Four Fields
  Generational Growth Mapping
  Gospel Bridges
  Gospel Encounters Record
  Gospel on the Hand
  Great Commission Partnership
  Hope in a Broken World
  Ibraham, Ishtak - Reaching Muslim People
  Inward & Outward Focus
  Know - Be - Do
  Lessons from the Thessalonians
  Lockridge, SM - My King
  McGavran, Donald - Pattern of the Great Century
  McGavran, Donald - People Movements
  Multiplication Exercise
  New Life in Christ
  One Anothers
  One Mission
  Parable of the Cornfield
  Patterson, George - Spontaneous Multiplication
  Paul's Development Through 5 Levels of Leadership
  Paul's Discipleship Model
  Paul's Three Journeys
  People in the Harvest (Four Soils)
  People List
  People Map (oikos or network)
  Person of Peace
  Positive Accountability
  Problem Solving Exercise
  Quotes & Verses Posters
  Richardson, Don - Concept Fulfillment
  Richardson, Don - Finding the Eye Opener
  Schindler's List—'I Could Have Done More'
  Schwartz, Glenn - Dependency
  Sending Narratives Study
  Seven Generations
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fathering
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fivefold Ministry
  Simson, Wolfgang - House Churches
  Small Group Sizes
  Smith, Steve - The T4T Story
  Stott, John - The Bible in World Evangelization
  Strategy Snapshot
  Testimony (Personal Story)
  The Bold Parts
  The Complete Package for Church Planting Movements
  The Five-Fold Ministry in the Four Stages
  The Four Fields and the Great Commission
  The Great Commission of Abraham
  The Great Story
  The Left Side of the Graph
  The Lorax—'Plant the Seed'
  The Modeling Sequence in Luke
  The Peter Pathway
  The Romans Road
  The Traffic Light
  The Word on the Street
  Three Circles
  Three Great Commands and AIM Pattern
  THUMB - Religious Groups
  Training Faithful Trainers (TFT)
  Triangle and Square
  Vision-Casting Vignettes
  Witness Model Zone
  Witnessing to Catholics
  Your New Journey


David served the purposes of God in his own generation, and then he died... - Acts 13.36