I’ve had the privilege of being discipled by others, both during my time as a student and as a Relay Worker. As someone who now disciples students on a one–to–one basis, it is my greatest joy to see how God uses these relationships to help students grow in him, moving them from having ‘head knowledge’ to ‘heart knowledge’ so that they live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Effective one–to–one discipleship means being intentional about spurring someone on in the faith and building convictions based on Scripture. Students don’t need my good advice as much as they need the Word of God, because growing gospel conviction – centred on the Bible and focused on Jesus – is what will transform their lives.
When students see who God is and who he calls them to be, it shapes how they study, work, and bring all of life under the Lordship of Jesus. It forms us as friends, family, CU and church members, living as those who are imperfect but who love others because we know how much we are loved. It informs how student leaders lead, following the example of Jesus’ humility, and by the power of the Holy Spirit becoming more Christlike.
Paul describes his ministry in 1 Thessalonians 2:8 as of, ‘not just sharing the gospel of God, but our lives as well.’ One–to–one discipleship provides a place for accountability, sharing joys and struggles, practising the ‘one anothers’ of Scripture: loving, bearing with, serving, praying for and urging one another to live lives worthy of the Lord. For me in my role, it is about spurring students on in godly CU leadership and equipping them for mission. Whatever your stage in life or faith, why not meet with someone regularly to share ‘the gospel and life’ together?
Munster & Connacht Staff Worker