In our previous post, we discussed the motive behind making disciples of Jesus. Now, we want to talk about the method of making disciples. While there are tons of “methods” out there (and none of them may necessarily be “bad”), we have come up with 6 things you should be doing with the person/people you are discipling…
Before we look at the list, let’s remember where making the mission of making disciples came from… JESUS! So, these methods come from the Great Commission which is scattered all throughout the New Testament in different accounts…
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. (Mark 16:15)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:14–15)
6 things to be doing when making disciples…
One of the greatest obstacles to people actually making disciples is that they never start. Listen, there will always be obstacles – You’ll never feel ready, equipped or knowledgeable enough. You’ll never have enough time or be in the “perfect season.” But God honors steps of faith. God honors when we are obedient to Him even when we don’t understand or know fully the way. So, just do it.
It’s impossible to make disciples without teaching them. What do you teach them? How to obey Jesus. Always be teaching others how to obey Jesus – with your words and your actions. Some don’t feel “called” to teach or feel like they aren’t “ready” to teach. And of course, these are lies that the enemy uses to keep us from ever doing Number 1. If you are a follower of Jesus, you have absolutely been called to teach others how to follow Him. And everyone knows more than someone. So, you don’t have to know everything to start teaching something.
Baptizing new followers of Christ isn’t just for pastors, it is a responsibility of every Christian. It’s unfortunate that most Christians have never had the mountain-top experience of baptizing a new brother or sister. So, as you are discipling someone and they are ready to go “all in” to following Jesus, find some water!
It’s been said that you reproduce who you are. Therefore, modeling how to follow Jesus is just as important as teaching. In fact, you can teach all you want to, but we know that more is always “caught” than “taught.” Instead of just teaching someone how to read their bible, show them how. Instead of explaining a quiet time to someone, let them watch yours. Here’s a good question to think about – “If someone who had never heard about Jesus before from a far away nation were to follow you around for 1 week 24/7, what would they learn about how to follow Jesus?”
Disciples are often made in the mundane. It’s the moments you never think about that God happens to be using the most. Disciples are not made during the light show and concerts on Sunday mornings. They are made weeping with those who weep and rejoicing with those who rejoice. The only way to lean into these mundane moments of disciple making is to allow your time to be available. Think of how many parables Jesus told that may have seemed mundane to the disciples at the time… They were just walking around, Jesus would see a tree and all of a sudden it’s story time. But after Christ went back to Heaven, think of how much those moments meant to them.
Disciples make disciples. One of the most important things you can teach someone you’re discipling at the very beginning is how to make another disciple. Obviously, they may feel super insecure or unprepared, but it is so vital for them to understand the expectations The Lord has for them. Then, when it is time, invite someone else into your discipleship and begin modeling/teaching them how to disciple.
The most important part of the Great Commission isn’t the words we just reviewed. It’s the last verse – Jesus is with us until the end. Making disciples is hard and requires a supernatural dependance on the presence of our Lord. Pray to Him. Depend on Him. Trust Him. Obey Him.
What would you add to this list? Which one do you think is more important for you? Comment and let us know!