Discipling A Person Through Sin

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As believers, the primary task that we have been left with until Jesus returns is to make disciples. The goal is not merely to get our neighbors to go to church; our goal is to make disciples of all nations. Sometimes this means teaching a new believer how to read their Bible. Other times it involves, encouraging a friend by reminding them of truth. And, many times it involves walking with someone through a season of temptation and helping them see victory over sin. Paul says, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted (Galatians 6:1).” In other words, part of making disciples is discipling people through sin. However, that can be a bit intimidating at times. What should I say? How will I help them? What if their situation is more than I can handle? The following chart is designed to help you disciple a person through sin.

Note: the content of this chart is credited to Todd Wallace at Keystone Church. I simply reworked his “3 Simple Questions” chart to specifically help disciple a person through sin. The style of this chart came from an infographic titled, “Putting Sin To Death Flowchart,”  by Josh Byers. I designed this chart but used his sweet style design as a template. Go to visualtheology.church to check out more amazing visual content. Seriously, he does stellar work! 

1. DO YOU WANT TO FOLLOW JESUS?

It may seem like a basic question but the reality is that this is where we have to start. If a person doesn’t want to follow Jesus, there is no point in trying to manipulate their actions to conform to some kind of moral standard. Remember, our goal is to make disciples — people who know and follow Jesus.

2. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THIS SITUATION?

It is possible that the person you are discipling really does want to follow Jesus but has never been taught what the Bible teaches about their situation. If that is the case, you get the chance to open your Bible and share life changing truth with them.

3. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO APPLY THIS TRUTH TO YOUR LIFE?

If the person you are discipling does know what the Bible says about their situation, then you can ask them if they know how to apply that truth to their life. Many times, we know what is true but need someone to help us apply that truth to our lives — to build each other up in love (Ephesians 4:13-16). The purpose of this question is to make Biblical truth practical. So if the Biblical truth is, “give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18),” what does it mean to live that our on Monday?

CONCLUSION

Our goal is to make disciples — part of that is walking people through sin. If you have the privilege of helping someone fight for victory over sin, these questions can be helpful. If you have resources that you have found helpful, I’d love for you to share them. Please feel free to reach out HERE.

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[1] The content of this chart is credited to Todd Wallace at Keystone Church. It is simply a repackaging of his “3 Simple Questions”  flow chart. 

[2] The style of this flow chart came from an infographic titled, “Putting Sin To Death Flowchart”  by Josh Byers. Go to visualtheology.church to check out more amazing visual content. Seriously, he does stellar work!