Since our house (and the houses of our neighbors) burned down in a wildfire five years ago, we have had the pleasure of closer friendships with neighbors and others in our community. One friend that I’ve gotten to know over these years is a guy named Jim. He and I were getting together every once in a while to catch up. A couple months ago, I wanted to check his interest in moving forward spiritually. I asked, “Jim, what would you think about reading the Bible together regularly?” 

Depending on where your friend is spiritually, here are three starting points in helping him or her grow toward Jesus.

     I think most of us are willing to disciple someone; we just need some basic steps to follow in helping other people grow. Here are some principles to remember as you start meeting with another person with the goal of helping him or her grow spiritually.

   What if Jesus hadn’t kept His eyes open to the opportunities around Him? We live in broken world that needs Jesus. Simple disciplemaking demands that we have our eyes open for opportunities to help people begin following Him.

When I was a first-semester freshman in college, some guys showed up to my dorm room and asked me if I was going to go through fraternity rush. I had no idea what they were talking about! I soon found out that it involved parties, girls, and large amounts of alcohol. 

As we continue to discuss making disciples, I have one more illustration to share that could be a practical tool to help you visually explain how a God-glorifying life should look.

Here's another resource to help you effectively make disciples.

In an earlier post, I talked about the importance of simple, pass-on-able tools for helping other people grow. Here's the first of three resources I will introduce you to (or remind you of) as you help others pursue God.

One American value that does not help us in our disciplemaking is the idea of rugged individualism. How does God view His human creation and our reliance on one another?

Just as a surgeon, master plumber, or carpenter has instruments and assistants he utilizes to accomplish his work with expertise, so God has instruments and partners that He works with in raising up disciples.