Author Archives: Matt Dabbs

2 Timothy 2:2 and Evaluating Successful Discipleship

Jesus was the best disciple-maker who ever lived. Paul has to be right behind him. One of Paul’s main disciples was Timothy. Paul believed he was showing people, by his example, how to follow Jesus (1 Cor 11:1).

2 Timothy 2:2 is a key verse in knowing if our efforts are bearing fruit, reproduced fruit. That is key. We don’t just want one generation to make disciples of the next and it stops there. Each generation must do this for the next. Here is what Paul wrote,

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”

Paul teaches Timothy who teaches reliable people who teach others. Four generations. This is common thinking in disciple-making circles – successful disciple-making movements can show four+ generations of disciples who made disciples who made disciples who made disciples. This is what the early church did. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t be here. If we don’t, where will the church be in 50 years?

Many methods of disciple making are designed to be two generational. One person gets one on one with another to disciple them but the person being discipled doesn’t have a clue how to reproduce this or pass it along.

DNA is meant to be passed along. When the church lacks reproducible disciple-making in its DNA decline is inevitable. I pray for the day when I can stand alongside three+ other Christians who have all discipled each other. That day is coming, Lord willing, because I am going to keep at this until the fruit is evident in a reproducible way.

If you want to know where to start with a method that is reproducible, check out this information and the info in the video description. This is VERY important and something so many people are wanting answers on.

Blind spots

We need people we are close to who can help us see our blind spots. By blind spots, I mean parts of our personality or character that are lacking we are not readily aware of. Others know but we don’t. We all have them. Becoming aware of them can be disorienting and disappointing. We mayContinue Reading

The Biggest Battle of the Christian Life Is…

What is the biggest battle of the Christian life? Is it a search for meaning? The battle between conflicting possibilities? Is it a battle for relevance? That we make our mark vs being complacent and not getting off the couch…motivation? The biggest battle isn’t psychological. It isn’t about self-actualization. The biggest battle of the ChristianContinue Reading

Parenting Kids and the Invisible Line Between Helping and Hurting

Bringing up kids is no easy task. They need to know you are in their corner but what it means to be in their corner may not always fit their preference. We are encouragers. We are educators. We are protectors. We are providers. We spur them on without running them off. What a hard balance!Continue Reading

Where Does Worry Come From?

Jesus told us not to worry in Matthew 6:25-34. He said the reason for that is that if God looks out for the little things, will He not also look out for you? Can worry and faith happen at the same time? I think they can. Read the psalms and you find, at the sameContinue Reading

One of The Most Important Prayers a Parent Can Pray & the Safest Place Your Child Can Be…

With all the prayers of protection going up you might think we live in a war zone. We are all concerned for our kids. Many parents feel a tremendous amount of guilt over things their kids do and how much of that is our fault as parents. So we pray and pray and pray GodContinue Reading

Tips for Building Your Own Theological Library

Many of you love to read. That’s partly why you are here. I imagine you probably also like to read about theology, ministry, the Bible, etc…which is also why you are here. Over the years there have been a few things I have found helpful when making selections of which books to buy for myContinue Reading

A Word to Those Who Feel Stuck

Any time you feel stuck, whether it is personally or congregationally there are a few things you can do. 1 – Confession and repentance. This is a tough one but it is hard to move forward if you are unwilling to take a hard look at how you contribute to the problem. 2 – GiveContinue Reading

Critical Ministry Shift – From Information & Teaching to Skills & Coaching

There is a shift in my ministry philosophy I wish I had figured out years ago. It is a shift from disseminating information through teaching/lecture and the teaching of skills through coaching. This is so obvious it would seem it doesn’t even need to be said and yet it took me to 40 to comeContinue Reading

Positive Contributions By Churches of Christ

With all the negativity flying around out there I challenge you to go to social media and list the positive contributions you see in Churches of Christ to the world and to Christianity as a whole. Here are some of mine: 1 – Our mission. A zeal to take the gospel to the nations. WeContinue Reading


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