Who is discipling you? Are you discipling anyone else?
Do you feel qualified to be a disciple-maker?
Here’s what I want you to do.
First: Imagine that I said to you, “(Your name) be a disciple and make a disciple.”
Second: Write down what question(s) pop into your mind when I ask you that question.
Third: Email me those questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Would you do that please? Thanks!
The reason I ask this is, making disciples was a HUGE deal for Jesus. According to Matthew’s Gospel, it’s the very first and last thing Jesus does in his earthly ministry. After his baptism/temptation, Jesus goes to Sea of Galilee and says, “Follow me, I’ll make you fishers of men” to the first disciples. It’s the first thing he does!
After his resurrection from the dead and 40 days on earth, he says to his disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing and teaching them all I have commanded you and I am with you always to the very end of the age.” Jesus commanded HIS disciples to make disciples. It was the last thing he did.
This Sunday we’ll talk much more about some practical aspects to discipleship, yet even then, we’ll just be scratching the surface. (Stay tuned, I’ll be writing and teaching about this much more in the coming months.)
But, for now, send me some questions you have about discipleship. Please, would you?
And then, consider the relationships that you have with other people (Christian and non-Christian).
1) Who is a Christian person who is invested in you, personally, to shape your faith and hold you accountable to the ways of Jesus?
2) Who are you intentionally investing in to teach, encourage and support in the faith?
3) Who are you praying for and building relationships with that don’t yet know Jesus?
Hopefully you have all of these kinds of relationships. If not, start praying that God will provide them for you.
The only reason that we exist as Christians in the United States 2000 years after Jesus is because the 12 disciples of Jesus, filled with the Spirit (the same Spirit that inhabits you, by the way), invested their lives to the proclamation of the Gospel even to the point of death. And then, those disciples reproduced and multiplied. So on and so forth.
Will we continue the multiplication of disciples?
Alive in Christ!
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