The key to how ‘witnessing’ and ‘discipling’ work together is found in Matthew 28:19-20.
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
Just as we do not need to know that much to be effective witnesses, we do not need to know much to be excellent disciplers. All we have to do is communicate what we do know about the One whom we know – His words, His ways and His activity in our lives.
What are you getting out of your own Bible reading; what has Jesus been saying to you about promises or problems in your life; what lessons or truths have you learned before today; and, what lessons or truths are you in the process of learning today?
Hold fast to the promise of Hebrews 13:5
Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?
So… let’s get on with witnessing and making disciples.