"Biblical discipleship is not simply imparting facts or inculcating personal habits of Bible study, prayer and evangelism, as helpful as those disciplines are. It is transmitting a way of thinking and living that unites all the parts into the glorious whole of glorifying God. It is passing on a legacy of biblical faith and life to the next generation." (p. 123)I love how Hunt and Duncan define biblical discipleship in this chapter! I am reminded of a quote from chapter 4, "How can I think biblically about womanhood when I am constantly told to pursue my own dreams, to be true to myself, and to seek my own fulfillment?" (page 59)
The answer to that young woman's question is biblical discipleship. It's older women taking the time and energy to invest in the lives of younger women. Yes, it requires a healthy pulpit ministry and Bible studies but it goes much further than that. It's women sharing Bible-based life together in formal and casual ways.
Titus 2:3-5 (the text used for this chapter) gives us an outline for what this type of discipleship includes, "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled."
I think the area of discipleship is where we most see the application of this book to hospitality. For example, if I am hosting a young woman in my home for lunch and one of my children chooses to hit his brother, my responses to the situation will "transmit a way of thinking and living" both to my children and to my guest. It's discipleship in action.
I'm sure we can all agree that "Titus 2" discipleship is needed, but do we practice it? What are some ways we can intentionally disciple the younger women in our lives? Have you experienced "Titus 2" discipleship?