5. The Role Of The Holy Spirit In Discipling



Why this is important

One of the first things you should do with a new disciple is teach them to hear God’s voice in their heart (John 10:2). All natural babies learn to hear their fathers voices, and it is the same in the spiritual realm. Jesus demonstrated his reliance on the Fathers voice over and over again between John 5 and John 10. That was the source of his miraculous powers. That’s what he modelled and the disciples took note. And that’s why he sent us the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, John 16:13-14).

The key for a new disciple to become like Jesus is for them to learn to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice (John 10:4, John 10:27). Then they must learn to obey his instructions (John 14:15). Jesus modelled this for us so that we would copy it when spreading the good news (John 5:19, John 5:30, John 5:37). Jesus said this would be the hallmark of a New Testament believer (John 6:45).

How to teach hearing God’s voice

So how exactly do we teach all this to new disciples? God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit usually via a still small voice in our heart (1 Kings 19:11-13). The first thing to do is get them to ask the Lord simple questions and then ask them to note the very first thing that enters their mind in response. Here is a great example question: Lord so what do you really think of me? Let the Holy Spirit do the rest!

Other ways the holy Spirit can speak to a new believer are through scripture, divinely set up circumstances, through journaling, and through the words of others that jump out as an answer to prayer. The most important of course is scripture.

As a new disciple becomes more confident in hearing the Holy Spirit’s voice they will become more and more bold at following Him into spiritual battle.


Jesus said that being filled with the Holy Spirit was a very big deal and essential for the future global ministry of the infant church. This is why the disciples were told not to begin the Great Commission until the Holy Spirit had arrived (Acts 1:4-5). Even Jesus didn’t start his ministry until he was baptised in the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:21-22). The Book of acts is then full of the Apostles asking people if they had been filled with the Holy Spirit since they came to faith in Jesus. We should take note and seek to see each of our new disciples baptised in the Holy Spirit as soon as possible.

Instructions on the baptism of the Holy Spirit:

Matthew 28:19: Instructions to go and baptise people in the Holy Spirit

Mark 16:17: Speaking in tongues is a sign of a believer

Acts 1:4-8: Jesus says power will come with the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:4: The 120 were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues

Acts 2:38: Repentance, baptism and then the baptism of the Holy Spirit

Acts 4:31: Holy Spirit came with power

Acts 10:44-46: Holy Spirits came with speaking in tongues

Acts 19:2-6: Baptism in the Holy Spirit came with tongues

1 Corinthians 12:1-11: The gifts of the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 14:1-18: Instructions about speaking in tongues

How to speak in tongues

All you need to do is take your new disciple through a DBS on the topic of the Holy Spirit using several of the above scriptures and when they discover its importance then pray for them to be filled.

Then encourage them to speak in their new heavenly prayer language by beginning to speak but not letting it be in their own language or languages. It’s that simple.


  1. If you have not been baptised in the Holy Spirit then ask for this right now. Ask a mature believer to take you through the process mentioned above if unsure.
  2. If you are already baptised in the Holy Spirit then seek out other believers who need it and teach them about it with a DBS, then pray for them too.