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Making Disciples

 Grace Chapel’s mission is to equip people to be passionate servants of Jesus Christ. One of the most important ways we strive toward our mission is by making disciples.

We make disciples by:

  • Sharing the Truth so people can become followers of Jesus
  • Teaching the Truth so people can be transformed by Jesus
  • Living the Truth in order to be on mission with Jesus

Following these three principles will help us to equip and disciple as many people as possible to be passionate servants of Jesus Christ—fulfilling our mission.

I love what Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about making disciples, “Discipleship is commitment to Christ. Because Christ exists, he must be followed.”[1] Making disciples is about helping people follow Christ.

We do this by Sharing the Truth, Teaching the Truth and Living the Truth.

Sharing the Truth

The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” He wrote reminding Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:15, “and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

God’s Word causes faith, makes us wise and never returns void (Isaiah 55:11). People come to know, not just intellectually, but personally, Jesus Christ through the Word and we need to share it with others to help them become followers of Jesus, know Him, and grow in Him.

Teaching the Truth

We teach the Word so people’s lives can be changed, transformed, by Jesus. Understanding the Word allows us to see God, know His will, His way and His character. It helps all of us live righteous lives and to serve and minister others. Proverbs 3:13 says, “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.” When we teach the Truth, people find wisdom and their lives are changed.

Living the Truth

Scottish Pastor George MacDonald wrote, “When we receive it [God’s Truth], his will becomes our will, and so we live by God.”[2] Friends, we can’t be on mission with Jesus if we ignore His Truth. We can’t be on mission if we’re outside God’s will. We can’t be effective disciples if we just ignore Truth—we must live the Truth.

Our goal is making disciples by equipping them to be passionate servants of Jesus Christ.

Are you in? Are you ready to share the Truth? Teach the Truth? Live the Truth?

[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2001), 59

[2] George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons, Series I, II, and III, (NuVision Publications, 2007), 58

One response to “Making Disciples”

  1. Pastor Steve, that image of the clay being formed is perfect. That is me/us, soft clay being shaped. When I harden, I get cracks and He has to fill them in, soften me and the continue the shaping. I try to remember that as I seek to Disciple others and do the same with the Master Potter’s help!