North Anderson Baptist Church
A Practical Example
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
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One of the greatest desires of our Savior was to leave disciples here on earth ready to spread His message, the Gospel. He chose twelve but we know that only eleven finally prevailed as men who would go about sharing that Gospel. It is not clearly mentioned in Scripture, but Peter also chose to disciple another, a young man named Mark. We are told by scholars that most of what Mark recorded in his Gospel basically came from Peter who mentored him. Mark had followed Paul and Barnabas onto the mission field but left early for reasons not generally clear. After Paul decided not to take him back on the next missionary trip because of his “discersion,” we know that Barnabas, a relative of Mark’s, instead of going with Paul took Mark under his wing to help him grow as a Christian. Later the Apostle Peter took Mark as his disciple to complete his training, which evidently was very successful.
On the other hand, Paul found a young man named Timothy during his travels whom he chose to disciple just as Jesus had with the twelve. Paul tells us in his two letters that he wrote to Timothy about the things that Timothy needed to know as a Christian and a leader in the church. Evidently not only did he teach Timothy personally but he instructed him as well by his letters.
Our scripture today shows some of the ways Paul chose to disciple and encourage Timothy and then how Timothy was to disciple others too.
Special Friendship
There is a clear relationship between Timothy and Paul. He calls Timothy “My true son in the faith.” Then when you read how Paul knew about Timothy’s mother and grandmother, you realize that they have been acquainted for quite awhile or at least on a more personal level knowing Timothy’s family and what they were like and how they influenced his life spiritually. ***Knowing someone well or getting to know them, is very important if you are going to disciple them. The relationship they had was important and the one you will have with someone you disciple will be special too.
Notice in the passages that Paul writes to Timothy, he reminds Timothy of the special gift of God that Timothy was given and that he needed “to fan” that gift into flame, set it on fire! Paul knew the potential in the life of Timothy and he would not let it go by the wayside. Paul did this to such an extent that he called for Timothy not to be shy or timid, but that He needed the spirit of power, the spirit of love and the spirit of self-discipline that only God could give him.
Special Teaching
Paul reminded Timothy, not only in these verses we have today but through many others, that Jesus Christ’s message was true and it could be trusted to share with others: “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” Paul also taught Timothy another lesson: Paul was a sinner, one who was great in the sin he committed against God and needed to be saved. Because Paul believed He was a great sinner, God must have shown him wonderful mercy which he didn’t deserve. Paul was saying if people would look at his life they would see that Christ showed such great patience with him even after all that he had done against God, yet God finally extended eternal life to Paul and that God would do it for others too.

***What does that say about you? Have you seen your sin in that light...so great that you too needed to in the past or now need to have God extend His merciful hand toward you? You and I don’t deserve the mercy, grace and forgiveness from God because we are sinners. We like Paul, have to have a point in our life where we confess we are sinners and then call out for forgiveness from God, through Jesus Christ. If you have never been “born again,” never saved, turn your life NOW toward Him in surrender!!!

Another lesson Paul taught Timothy from this passage is that God deserves all the eternal praise, honor and glory that you can give Him. When speaking to God, extend praise and adoration to Him for He is the “King eternal, immortal, invisible and the only God.” Teaching about how you give praise to the Lord, is a lifetime lesson and one that Timothy heard more than once from Paul, either in his writings or in person. Give Praise and Honor to the King of Glory!!!!
Special Instructions

From 1 Timothy 1:18-19, 18 “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.” Paul instructs young Timothy because there will be a battle coming, to hold on to “faith in God and a good conscience.” Paul says that others have “shipwrecked their lives” in regard to their faith, and he tells Timothy stand strong in his faith. When you are discipling someone, you need to teach them the pitfalls of the Christian life of faith. Many people seemed to have let their faith in God go but they also lost a good conscience; nothing is wrong any longer, there is no right or wrong and some people have completely mixed up what is right and wrong, saying what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right. I think we have seen this quite a lot in our day. Those special instructions from Paul for Timothy also included an admonition to remember that God gave us a spirit not of to make timid, but to give us “power, love and self-discipline.” That is quite a lesson to learn. So many Christians think that they can’t be bold in their faith or that they have no power, or that they can’t love like God loves and surely they don’t have on their own the self-discipline they need to completely live the Christian life alone. But God who is rich in mercy, has given the believer all that he needs to live the life of a Christian in this world.
Paul gives some very important instructions to Timothy in these verses. Paul wants Timothy to “be strong in the grace” that Jesus Christ has for him. Timothy would not not be able to live this Christian life without help from God. How is it possible “to be strong in grace” since grace is from God to us and that it represents the undeserved favor of the Lord toward we who believe? Scholars say that this means that Timothy needed to trust more completely in Christ and the power He had for Timothy’s life rather than Timothy trying to live his life here on earth out of his own strength. To do God’s work, Paul says, surrender to the strength of Christ.
Verses 2-3 maybe the most clear instructions we have for a disciple of Christ to turn around and disciple (teach) another person for the Lord. Christians are to entrust to others what was taught to them. They are to pass the teaching they have had along to other Christians. Notice Paul was saying those to whom you pass this teaching to must be “reliable.” Those believers are to be proven to be faithful to carry on the plan God has set up for the church to grow through growing Christians. Reliable people don’t give up!!! They don’t quit or drop out; they become the faithful teachers of other Christians. Paul lays out some important thoughts here. These Christians are to not only be reliable to teach but they must be qualified to teach others. Let me make something clear. When you decide to invest your life into others, remember they will be helped by God’s Holy Spirit and that He will carry them along and at times they will learn on the job, how to teach others the simple truths and beliefs of the precious faith we hold dear. You will know and be led by God to choose those who will be reliable and by the time you are through with them, they will be qualified to teach others to learn how to grow as a believer and help others too.
Over the years of learning and being under the teachings of others, this passage has become somewhat famous for the process of discipleship. Please stick with me for a moment and understand what I am about to say. This concept of finding and teaching others is called “finding FAT people.” Remember I said that I needed to explain. Seeking to find people who are reliable and qualified to teach others means you are looking for Faithful, Available, and Teachable people or FAT people!

God is about to do something of great proportions here at North Anderson Baptist Church IF we, His people, are faithful and obedient to His calling for the church of Jesus Christ. He is calling out disciples to make more disciples so that we can PUSH BACK THE DARKNESS in Anderson and all around the world!

Are you ready to be a part of the army of Christ that will go into the battle for the souls of mankind for the Lord God Almighty?
Is He calling you to be a discipler of others?
He does call His children to follow His example, who today will listen and answer that call?

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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