This illustrates the target God wants for each of us. When we meet with people, we learn in the one-to-one time to know what their need is and the areas of life that are not like Christ and we sow scripture into their life and water it so that God will bring the growth. This would be in the golf illustration called “putting”. When we putt in golf you always putt till it goes in the hole or it reaches the target.
Recently, a church education leader who had been led to Christ in the Viet Nam wartime called me up and began to describe his church. He wanted his church to become a disciple-making body of believers, but he wasn’t sure how to change it. He had been discussing this with his pastor. We set up a phone appointment and I explained the golf illustration of disciple-making in the local church. When I was done, I didn’t think I had done the best job of describing the situation. They hung up and I wondered if they would call me again. 10 minutes later the education leader Bob called and was excited. He told me that the pastor had asked him how the golf game (disciple-making) was going to the church.
If that is where you are in your ministry in your local church, then this book “Coach the Bible” is designed to help you develop Christ-like disciple-makers. Along the way, you will be able to
evaluate your structures and determine how they are contributing to reaching your goal of raising up mature Christlike Disciple Makers. Can you envision that happening in your church?
The first step is to evaluate where you are in your own path of maturity. We will be looking at a path of maturity that will measure your commitment to Christ, and your convictions from the Scriptures that solidify your daily actions. You will be able to explore your character and your competence to make disciples. You will be given scriptures and case studies to guide you personally in your growth. When these things are in your life then you will be able to turn around and help others by knowing where they are in their journey of following Christ. When you know that you can learn the “Putting Illustration” on page 9 and develop your skills of “putting” into another person’s life. Just as the Scriptures says in I Cor. 3. Paul says, I planted, Apollos watered but God brings the growth. The exciting adventure of investing time and Scripture in someone else’s life is most exciting because to collaborate along with God in helping people grow to be like Christ.
How is the golf game in your church? What is working well and what needs improvement? Is it clear where the “hole” is? Usually, you can tell whether it is clear by what the church is measuring. If you are measuring attendance, income, or something else and not the development of “Christlike Disciple Makers” then where will things in your church end up?
This book has 52 examples and sets of questions to help you in your one-to-one ministry. Imagine along with you your leaders having Scripture in their hearts and hands to invest in fellow believers to help them grow toward the image of Christ. This is the most exciting divine encounter to see God use us to bring growth to another person.
May this tool be of help to you in your most important work? This is for every believer. God can use you to invest Scripture in other’s lives. Start by using the assessment tool and then see the Scriptures listed and turn to the page on that area. Read the case study and the scripture; then answer the questions if they were being asked to you or you can use the assessment to evaluate where someone else is in their journey. Then you can lead them to the Scripture that will produce transformation and life change.
We coach how to use the tool in your church ministry or other life ministry situations. Contact Navigator Church Ministries or NavPress to gain access to personal coaching in these areas of ministry.