Discipleship Blog
April 13, 2011, 6:02 PM

What, exactly, is "Making Disciples"?

 

Jesus commanded His disciples to “go and make disciples” ... but what did He mean exactly?  What, exactly, IS a “disciple of Jesus Christ”? If we’re going to do something that Jesus told us to do – shouldn’t we have a clear picture of what He wants us to accomplish ... what we’re trying to do?
 
The shortest – and perhaps best – definition I ever heard for the word “disciple” is, “A disciple is a “disciplined learner”.  
 
An old preacher down in the Ozarks once said to me, “You can’t lead um where you’ve never been – and they’re hard to drive.”  How does this apply to making disciples?  Simple -- in order to MAKE disciples, one must first BE a disciple.  So – if we are trying to MAKE disciples – we must, ourselves, be “disciplined” – “learning” – “applying” – “followers” of Jesus. 
 
Prayerfully meditate on the following verses – I’d love to hear your insights and comments.  You might also want to take a look at Bill Bright's article "What is a Disciple" at www.godsquad.com/discipleship/disciple.htm
 
John 8:31 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, 'If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.' "
 
John 15:10 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commands and remain in His love.”
 
Luke 9:23 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
"Then He said to [them] all, 'If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.' "

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Comments

04-13-2011 at 8:57 PM
Kent Atkinson
very good, very concise, easy to understand. Great job.
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