“Go make disciples…..”
So, where should we begin? “The typical churched believer will die without leading a single person to a life-saving relationship with Jesus Christ.” said Jim Putman from Real Life ministries. I believe it boils down to this daunting question that no one wants to raise. We have no idea where to even begin by making disciples.
Yes, true, there are many willing Christians who have absolutely no plan for disciple making, as it is work. But before we arrive there, I believe others who do want to make disciples and make this life count perhaps follow a curriculum, but have no idea how to make disciples, sadly to say, even pastors of a church have no idea what they are doing many times.
Disciple maker knows how to take discipleship from theory to practice, from the classroom to living room. At least, when we look to Jesus, he seemed like he got it down pretty well.
As Robert Colmen said in the Great Commission effort, “Men Were His Method” Church we must mark it well. Not for one moment did Jesus lose sight of his goal. No wasted energy, not an idle word. He was on business for God (Luke 2:49)
At the end of the day who are not motivated to be on board with this, are we truly disciples of Jesus Christ if we don’t go make disciples? Would a fishermen be a fishermen if he doesn’t smell like fish? Would a pastor be a pastor if he doesn’t smell like sheep? We must face the reality of this objective truth. Objective and relevance of this – these commandment are the crucial issue of our work. Is it worth doing? And does it get the job done? You bet, yes, it does. As Hudson Taylor from CIM (China Inland Mission) said it well, “Great Commission wasn’t an option to be considered, it was a command to be obeyed”
Evangelism & Discipleship Dillema from few weeks ago comes to a screeching end as we face this simple answer. It is people! Men were Christ’ method.
So who are we to select? God is looking for FAT people. Who are 1. Faithful 2. Available 3. Teachable people. When we look at the twelve disciples it is quite encouraging for me. Peter the point leader had a big problem with his mouth and was a bundle of contradictions. Andrew Peter’s brother was quiet and behind the scenes. James and John given the name “sons of thunder” were aggressive, hot-headed, ambitious, and intolerant. Philip was skeptical and negative. He had limited vision. “We can’t do that,” summed up his faith when confronted by the problem of feeding the five thousand. Nathaniel Bartholemew was prejudiced and opinionated. Matthew was the most hated person in Capernaum, working in a profession that abused innocent people. Thomas was melancholy, mildly depresseive, and pessimistic. James son of Alphaeus, and Judas, son of James were nobodies. The Bible says nothing about them. Simon the Zealot was a freedom fighter and terrorist in his day. Judas the treasurer was a thief and a loner. He pretended to be loyal to Jesus before finally betraying him.
So if God can use people such as them, I believe he can use a nobody such as you and I who are real nobodies to make disciples. “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and usanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”(1 Cor. 1:27) So where should we begin? Let’s start with where we are at. Find people who are faithful, available and teachable and select them.
“What does a successful church look like?”
This was the question that I asked the first meeting after a summer break with the small group. We meet every other Monday nights with the couples about 7 married couples in the bible study and we began to brainstorm on this very question.
What does a win look like as a church? Where are we headed? What are we called to do here at the church? Sure enough we had various different answers from husband and wife.
I believe, we need some rule book that we can measure as a church if we are in the game or not. It is a game plan to guide us through as a team playing on the field for the kingdom ministry.
Matthew 28:19-20 says,
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I believe, that is where we will be marked and evaluated as a church whether we are winning the game.
“Men and women, where are you at in this game? Where are each and one of us at in the discipleship process? What is your personal role, as commanded in God’s Word, in helping the church make disciples?” We somewhat thought we were in it somehow, yet asked a follow up question, “When was the last time you made a disciple? When was the last time you baptized somebody?” It was a daunting question, as we realized, we were not in the field playing the game. We were either in the stand or on the sideline just cheering people making disciples, rather than us being in the task.
We will continue on with the study using the book, “Master Plan of Discipleship” by Robert Coleman in identifying what discipleship task even looks like.
We like to use that word,
“What if we had a discipleship task force… etc” but what does that even mean? What does that look like?
Please pray with us as we continue to unfold on this great topic. Those who are interested, I will love to further talk and discover your next step in what it means to be a disciple maker.
Not only make disciple, but make disciples who make disciples, which is a true definition of discipleship!
Please contact the church office or I myself, and let’s dive in and uncover God’s plan for each and one of us in this process of making disciples for His Name sake!
“What is one thing you wish you knew before being in the ministry?” a young seminary student asked me. It is this, the two relationship
Charles Tidwell said it once, “Leaders Must Earn a Following”
It is true even of church leaders that their arrival at a position must be accompanied or followed soon by their earning a following. One might be in a leadership position in a church and not actually be a leader.
A leader is one who has followers. There is no escaping that simple fact. No followers—no leader. And leadership is what one does to get followers. ”
An old chinese proved once said this, “He who thinketh he leadeth and no one is following, is just talking a walk!” (Old Chinese Proverb).
Webster dictionary defined leadership as the following, “Leaders are those who lead and followers are those who follow”. Even though it is a secular resource, I believe it is profound truth and biblical truth within this statement.
I believe leadership is one who mobilizes; one whose focus is influencing people; a person who is goal driven; someone who has an orientation in common with those who rely upon him for leadership; and someone who has people willing to follow him.
“Leadership is influence, the ability of one person to influence others. One man can lead others only to the extent that he can influence them to follow his lead.” (J. Oswald Sanders)
Today, Christian bookstore or even secular bookstores we have easy access to “Leadership” materials and articles and find it very easily. However, we will never find books on “Followership”. There is an importance first of all to define “Leadership” although there is much the importance of identifying the word “Followership”.
We have elevated leadership on a high pedestal and placed on the altar and created a false dichotomy on relationship “Leadership & Followership”. We have heavily emphasized on “Leadership” through seminars, conferences, and workshops. We have placed “Followership” underneath the carpet of worthlessness and degraded in negative nature of a lower state of rubbish.
As followers of Christ, we all must come to the consensus as students of Word of God in pursuit of become more effective communicator of truth, in the body of believers we would only have very few that will lead and many to follow.
As we interact with those many followers within the body of Christ with the understanding of diversity which can create a complex intercultural differences, this requires all ministers and leaders a crucial role for high level of interpersonal communication and leadership that Christ Jesus himself has displayed for mankind.