From a new convert towards becoming a disciple – Part 2

Ok. Let me be a little radical here.

I admire Metro Manila Christian Church’s (MMCC) discipleship method — minus the legalism, of course. While some Christian apologetic groups like The Bereans categorize them as a cult for being legalistic, exclusivists and baptismal regenerationists, I believe we should learn from their ways on how to disciple a new Christian. I like their one-on-one system of discipleship. Normally, you can see them in a mall or fastfood studying — one-on-one. I believe a disciple can have a *natural* growth if a discipler is actually discipling him on a one-on-one basis than on a cell group type.

I also think that growing in Christ does not mean growing more in theological knowledge, rather it’s growing in Love with Christ. That means, if I am to ask, a one-on-one discipleship should only involve :

Helping the disciple grow by:

* teaching how to have a great personal worship experiece
* teaching how to have a regular quiet time
* teaching how to enjoy Bible reading and devotional
* teaching how to pray properly
* teaching how to share his faith
* teaching how to do the same thing he has learned (discipler his own disciple)

One think I’m not sure about, though: how can one-on-one discipleship benefit a more matured (professionals, married, senior citizens, etc) disciples? Will the issues and concerns of a married life be addressed better in a one-on-one discipleship? Or in a cell group type?

  • Serena Webber

    I believe that one on one discipleship can benefit prfessionals, married people, senior citizens, and all who can be considered more “mature” disciples because, in contrast to a cell group, these people, who often have as much or more of the questions that those just starting out have (because with knowledge of Christ comes more knowledge of Christ) because this way they can have their questions and concerns addressed directly by another disciple without having to worry about what others in the group might think of what they said. There is still, however, something to be said for the group approach as that way if the one disciple does not know how to address to concern or issue, there are many people with many ideas who may know how to address to concern better. With the group approach, there are also more ideas discussed, which could be of benefit to everybody who may not have had those same thoughts. I hope this helps.
    Serena Webber

  • Serena Webber

    I believe that one on one discipleship can benefit prfessionals, married people, senior citizens, and all who can be considered more “mature” disciples because, in contrast to a cell group, these people, who often have as much or more of the questions that those just starting out have (because with knowledge of Christ comes more knowledge of Christ) because this way they can have their questions and concerns addressed directly by another disciple without having to worry about what others in the group might think of what they said. There is still, however, something to be said for the group approach as that way if the one disciple does not know how to address to concern or issue, there are many people with many ideas who may know how to address to concern better. With the group approach, there are also more ideas discussed, which could be of benefit to everybody who may not have had those same thoughts. I hope this helps.
    Serena Webber