Training : Operation Timothy *Ate Nessie*
Page OPERATION TIMOTHY
A BIBLICAL STRATEGY FOR DISCIPLESHIP
Welcome! You are about to embark on a challenge that has excited men for nearly 2,000years -
the opportunity to become directly and vitally involved in God‟s strategy t
o reach the
world with His message, „
that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ‟.
The strategy is discipleship, helping men grow in their knowledge of God‟s Word and its
application to their lives that they might become mature followers of Christ. They, in turn, help
others grow in their Christian faith. This is God‟s plan for world evangelism.Paul‟s second letter to Timothy (2 Timothy) is his last recorded message; it is written during
his imprisonment in Rome. In penning his final advice to his young disciple, Timothy, Paulprovided us with unique insight into the strategy of discipleship. The strategy is one of multiplication - spiritual multiplication. In a single verse, 2 Timothy 2:2, we see four spiritualgenerations.This is what
is about. It‟s
a strategy of spiritual multiplication based onbiblical principles. This is the method Paul usedwith Timothy -- one man helping another to growin his Christian faith; that man, in turn. helpinganother and he another . . .It is a brilliant plan - simple, efficient, effective.Multiplication is always more profitable thanaddition. Would you rather do the work of ten menor train ten men to do the work? Think of thepotential impact if each of the men trained would,in turn, be able to train others.
BARRIERS TO EFFECTIVE FOLLOW-THROUGH
We have all experienced situations at outreach functions or at other types of evangelisticefforts where we saw a number of men indicate they trusted Christ as their personal Lord andSavior. Remember the feeling of joy and the sense of victory you felt from being a part of suchan event? This would be particularly true if one of those men was your guest -- a close friend, aneighbor, or business associate.However, delight often turns to disappointment as we realize that not all of the men whoactually experienced conversion continue to grow in their newfound faith. What accounts forthis lack of growth we sometimes see in the life of a new Christian? There are a number of
Follow-up pertains to helping a new Christian to grow in his faith. Follow-through on the other hand is a moreencompassing term that communicates an ongoing process that moves from evangelism to discipleship. These terms are oftenused interchangeable.