Jesus makes disciples that make disciples.
We must follow Jesus in praying for, pursuing and making disciples.
The Bible says that Jesus made disciples by “being with them.” It takes time, prayer, and patience.
Apply the 3 G’s. Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude.
And focus on:
1. Jesus vs. religion (especially legalism)
2. Apologetics (Christianity is true, there’s no escape)
3. The power of the Holy Spirit for daily life.
Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
After Jesus’ resurrection, He said “all authority was entrusted to me.”
The literal translation is a command: “You disciple.”
The word disciple translates as “to become a learner or pupil.” Mentor and train others. Therefore in Matthew’s mind, Go is understood as not only a nonnegotiable but an assumed action that is always linked to the command ‘Disciple.’
‘Teaching’ refers to catechesis, which means the process of educating through a method of active questioning and response.
The command to disciple finds its fulfillment in evangelism and education. The discipleship characteristics as commanded by Jesus appear not only in this commission, but throughout the Gospels.
Discipleship was Jesus’ method of winning the world to Himself. In fact, Jesus converted very few people in His earth ministry in a clear-cut way. He ventured His whole ministry on twelve men. As popular as He was during His earthly ministry, Jesus did not focus on the momentary applause of men but quietly poured His life in those who would multiply. Jesus was not trying to impress the crowd, but usher in a kingdom. Christ expects His followers to be fruitful, but often we are not without external motivation and accountability.
Jesus knew that He would have to equip the saints to be able to lead the multitudes. This is what we need in our churches. It is safe to say that discipleship was part of the foundational of Jesus’ ministry.
Early Church Model
Although not in a methodical plan as what we are accustomed to today, the apostles of the early church believed the command of Jesus was indeed serious. 2 Tim. 2:2. Paul understood it was important that Jesus sent him to do all that He had commanded. In the same way, he was sending Timothy. While being sent, Timothy is to continue the legacy by sending out faithful men out who would send others. This is what Jesus commanded Paul and this was his command to Timothy. The command is also extended to us today.
Discipleship is an essential element of our Lord’s ministry and command to believers. It should be a significant component in the body of Christ both academically and practically.
What Is Discipleship?
Discipleship is a popular word, often used vaguely and ambiguously. It’s actually quite simple. Discipleship is the relationship between a teacher (discipler) and student (disciple). Many churches and Christian groups around the world do elements of discipleship, but rarely engage in whole discipleship as modeled by Christ.
· Evangelizing and making converts
· Bible study
· Sharing resources – books, studies, sermons, DVDs.
· Hanging out with another believer
Remember, these are elements of discipleship, not equivalents of discipleship.
By looking at Jesus’ ministry and the early church, we see that to the wholeness of discipleship involves someone training their disciple in Word, Relationship, and Ministry.
Teaching disciples to obey all that Christ commanded and modeled throughout the Scriptures.
Jesus clearly showed His disciples the importance and use of the Scriptures, both in His own personal devotion and in winning others to Himself. Learning and obeying Scripture is essential for one’s growth as a disciple of Christ. Abundant Life Community Church expects its leaders to love God’s Word and to impart this love to their disciples.
Building relationships that feature love, commitment, authenticity, vulnerability, accountability, and intentionality.
Having called His men, Jesus made a practice of spending time with them. This was the essence of His training program—letting His disciples follow Him. Jesus shows how important relationship development is to growing a disciple. If this does not happen, the disciple may feel like a project and not a person. The person should know he is loved, not only by Christ, but also by their discipler.
Training disciples in service and evangelism. Service is any work done with the motivation to honor Jesus. Evangelism is spreading the gospel by public preaching or personal witness.
Jesus never asked anyone to do or be anything which first He had not demonstrated in His own life. His desire was to get the disciples into a vital experience with God. The goal of discipleship is to develop healthy believers that walk by faith, communicate their faith, and multiply their faith.
How to Choose a Disciple
We should look for three main qualities in a disciple:
1. Faithful. Loyal and trustworthy. Available. It is hard to train someone who is not around.
2. Teachable. It is impossible to teach someone who thinks they know everything.
When Choosing a Disciple:
The leader is a servant and trailblazer.
1. What are the primary components of discipleship?
2. What could hinder a discipleship relationship from being God-honoring?
3. What traits are we supposed to look for in potential disciples?
4. Who are you praying about to disciple?______________________