Discipleship Is More Caught Than Taught, The Importance Of Modeling – 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

From my reading in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

People don’t follow what you say, they follow what you do.

That is why is it is so important that if you are discipling someone that you are modeling for them.

The apostle Paul boldly invited the Corinthians to follow his example because he was following the example of Jesus.

“And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” 1 Cor 11:1

If you are asking others to follow you then you need to make sure that you are following Jesus. Otherwise you could be leading them down the wrong path!

People need a model.

I was a pole vaulter in high school. If someone gave me a book about pole vaulting, it would have been really hard to learn. But my dad was a college pole vaulter at the University of Florida and he was my coach.  Because he knew what he was doing he could coach me and even model how to do some techniques. I was able to win the State Championship largely because my dad modeled how to pole vault for me.

One reason I love leading mission trips and doing outreach on campus is that I can take people with me and do on the job training.

If you are building a house or telling someone about Jesus you should take someone younger in your faith with you so that you can model for them how to do that. Try to never serve alone. Try to never share the gospel alone.  Always think about who you can bring along to pass on your passion for Christ.

Howard Hendricks has said, “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.”

Your life is the greatest lesson you will teach your disciple. People don’t do what you say, they do what you model.

Discipleship is more caught than taught.

Who can you start spending time with to model what following Jesus with?

Here’s an even better question, Is your life currently something worth following?

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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