W. Austin Gardner
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Jesus didn't prepare His men for ordination but ministry. He wanted them to bring forth spiritual fruit. His call was to a cross, to suffering, not popularity. He called them to give their lives for His causes. They were to lose their lives in Him.
Being with Jesus shaped the disciples' mindset and lifestyle. For Jesus, discipleship was more than intellectual absorption. It was life transference. Being with them would prepare them for the ministry He had for them.
Mark 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
Jesus liked training in a team setting. He worked at forming a sense of belonging, security, mutual encouragement, stimulation, and challenge. This would keep the vision alive and keep them motivated. The iron sharpening of friendship would knock off the rough edges of their character. Teams strengthen each other. A man alone will never do what a team can do. So Jesus chose and built a team.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
One never does as well by himself. Teamwork makes the dream work. Get some disciples, make them friends, family, children but invest your life in them. Do not look for an academic setting when you can do what Jesus did.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
The more we have working together, the more significant impact we could have.
Leviticus 26:8 And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
They would be with Jesus and then sent forth to preach.
As you train men, build on the relationship. Invest your life in others. Then, start the Bible College only when you need to do so because it has grown so much.