What's the Big Deal With Discipleship?
So What is the big deal with discipleship anyway?
You hear me talking about discipleship, and it's the core of our ministry, but why?
Matthew 28:18-20 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.”
After Jesus rose from the dead, he spent 40 days with different people before his final ascention. What was he doing all this time? The Bible doesn't record in detail what he said or all of what he did, but I believe that this teaching that he gave at the Great Commission was primary.
We are to
Make Disciples of all nations
Teach all of Jesus commandments
Notice that it doesn't tell us to become disciples of Jesus, but to make disciples of Jesus.
What is a Disciple? A disciple is a student or apprentice, in our case it's a student or apprentice of Jesus Christ.
So if we were to make a disciple, that would mean that we are a teacher and a trainer. So what things would be involved in being a disciple maker?
Sharing the Gospel: This has to be the foundation of any discipleship because without salvation, what can we build upon. Even for those who are saved, there is a great amount to learn about salvation.
Bible Study: Training in theology or the study of God, how to study the Bible with a literal, historical, grammatical approach to studying the bible is important to get "what the Bible means", instead of a weak devotional "what does the Bible mean to me" approach.
Daily living: How do we take what we know to be true from the Bible and apply it to every day living.
Local Church Interaction: It is important to find a Biblical Churc