One of the phrases we say often where I pastor and within The Pursuit of Manliness is that we want to be “Disciples who make Disciples.”
The idea is simple, I want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ who makes Disciples of Jesus Christ and we continue to replicate this process until Jesus calls us home.
There are several methods and styles when it comes to discipleship, but the key is we are following Jesus and equipping others to do the same.
Let me start by asking some questions:
- Have you been discipled? Has someone spent an extended period of time with you, teaching you about Scriptures, how to apply them, live them out and help others do it?
- Have you discipled someone else? Have you sought out someone to intentionally invest in and do what we just talked about?
- Are you in a place right now where you know you need to be discipled?
- Are you in a place right now where you are ready to disciple?
One of the challenges of life is that it is exceedingly difficult to lead someone to a place that you have never been yourself.
Thankfully Jesus is the best example for us and to us for what it means to disciple someone else.
To make sure we are on the same page let me unpack Matthew 28:16-20.
Matthew 28:16-17 “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.”
- There are a couple foundational keys to being a disciple who makes disciples. First of all you are a disciple. You are a disciple of Jesus. You do not disciple someone to become more like you, but like Him.
- They were obedient to Him and they are worshipping Him. Their submission is to Him and His teaching. Your submission as a disciple of Jesus must be the same.
- Are there some doubts? Do they have questions? Yes. But their faith and walk with Jesus still moves them towards obedience and worship.
- Discipleship is not about having all the answers- it is about pointing someone to Jesus- let Jesus take care of the answers and details. He cares for them more than you do.
Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
- The non-negotiable in discipleship is that the foundation of is Jesus.
- Discipleship cannot be about you are imparting your wisdom, doctrine and theology on someone that becomes a disciple of you, it is to point this person to the Living Jesus.
- We are able to disciple with confidence because of what Jesus says in this text “All authority is His.” This takes a lot of pressure off of those who feel like they do not know enough.
- It is not my authority but the authority if Jesus.
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
- Again, this is predicated upon someone knowing Jesus.
- They do not have to be a Christian to be discipled, actually there are many times that the one we are pouring into is in the process of seeking Him or learning about Him.
- Jesus gives a very specific command here: Go and Baptize. This is why I believe Peter mentions Baptism on the Day of Pentecost when the question was asked to him what they need to do to be saved “Repent and be Baptized”
- Since that day we have argued, debated whether or not we should. If Jesus says to do it, we are going to practice it.
- Where are we to go? All nations. Start with your driveway and work out from there. We have to ask ourselves “How am I doing with this?”
- When you realize that Discipleship is not about you, but about Jesus, who has all the authority and commanded you to do this, the pressure is off.
Matthew 28:20 “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- What do you teach and impart on someone else? What Jesus taught.
- Start with Jesus, make it about Jesus and you will move them closer to Jesus.
- A key word in this is the word “All” We do not get to cherry pick what we teach about Jesus. We must show them a complete version of Jesus is, why He came to earth and why He will return.
When I think about discipleship we see the model from Jesus. It is simple and yet extremely intentional.
- He called them out (Come follow Me)
- He taught them truth
- He sent them out (Replicate the process)
- He brought them back
- He had them share
Let’s end by how we started:
• Have you been discipled? Has someone spent an extended period of time with you, teaching you about Scriptures, how to apply them, live them out and help others do it?
• Have you discipled someone? Have you sought out someone to intentionally invest in and do what we just talked about?
• Are you in a place right now where you know you need to be discipled?
• Are you in a place right now where you are ready to disciple?
• The answer that we each give to this individually will greatly affect the trajectory of our spiritual growth and what God is going to do in our life.
If you feel like you are ready to disciple someone ask God to reveal to you who that might be and for the right reasons. If you are ready to be dscipled pray that God would also send you a person that you could ask to begin this relationship.
Either way, the the initial conversation can be a but nervy where you are not sure what they will say or if you will come across as some kind of authority figure. Let God take care of the details, you pursue obedience.
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