It is crucial to be purposefully in the word of God with those you choose to intentionally disciple. When I say intentionally disciple, I mean that you choose to have them in your life on a frequent and personal level. You choose to be interrupted and disrupted by these individuals. Perhaps your disciples are people you work alongside in the office, or fellow students on campus. They could be family members, neighborhood friends, or spiritually-sensitive souls you meet at the gym.
When we are discipling someone, we must dive into the word of God together—framing life by what is eternal, asking questions on what Jesus said, explaining God’s big story, discussing its implications on our daily life, and challenging our status quo with the Scriptures. As we do so, we learn the voice of God, the mind of God, the heart of God, and the character of God. Whether this takes place in an organized Bible study or by a gentle infiltration of God’s word into conversations, if we truly care for souls we will point them to the grace and truth found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16).
—Adapted from What If Jesus Meant What He Said? by Nate Bramsen