You Can Make Disciples
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. . .(Matthew 28:19, NIV)
I’ll never forget the first time I went to China. There was a man named Timothy who was a leader of thousands of small house churches. He was young, thin, humble, kind, sweet-spirited, and full of tenacious zeal. He carried a deep and teary-eyed passion for the Lord Jesus and for intentionally helping other people practice the ways of Jesus.
He reminded me of a childhood hero of mine, Phil Robertson. Phil was also kind, humble, sweet-spirited, and full of boldly tenacious zeal for the Lord. I never went to Phil’s house as a kid without seeing him studying the Bible with someone or helping someone in their spiritual journey.
Alcoholics clung to Phil. Redneck rebels coming off of drugs flocked to Phil. Broken marriages ended up restored in Phil’s living room. Phil made disciples of Jesus using the scriptures He knew and put into practice the words he read and preached.
None of us are called to be exactly like Phil or Timothy in the level of our impact. But, all of us are called to be completely faithful in being intentional to help other people grow in their faith.
Here are 5 Ways Everyone can Make Disciples of Jesus: S.H.A.R.E.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Do whatever you can to invite, include, speak, or teach. Verbally influence others. Share your faith with people by telling your story over lunch. Speak words of faith to restaurant servants, co-workers, partners in business, colleagues and peers.
Open up your space to other people for their benefit. Open your house, apartment, condo or wherever you are to connect with people for their benefit. Host a Bible study. Host a group. Host people and in doing so help people grow.
Open your eyes and your heart and first ask the Lord, “Who do you want me to serve with your Word or help in their walk with you?”. Then be open to connecting with that person and building a personal friendship with them, even if it’s someone you didn’t expect or find difficult to connect with. At some point, ask them if they’re willing to growing in their faith and if they would like to meet with you regularly just to study, discuss or share scripture. Be open to many different ways to do this. If you need help, seek one of our pastors for help.
4. Relational (and Relax)
Task oriented people struggle with relationships. Some can get too uptight about goals and the mission and end up failing miserably at genuinely connecting and caring for people. Don’t be a discipleship monster who is high on the task and low on the connectability. Focus on genuine friendships. Be a person others come to and want to follow. Relax about the mission and focus on the relationships. Jesus was a natural. He just loved people and followed His Father. He openly discussed and explained what He was receiving from God all along the way.
No matter what you ever do for others, you are never more necessary than when you encourage others. Discipleship is full of encouraging others with teaching, correction, compassion, gifts, time, and true help in following Jesus. Don’t defeat people or beat them up with humanistic expectations. Consider how pastoral and encouragingly Jesus treated Peter after the resurrection and Peter’s denial of Him. Reflect on how He treated Judas so compassionately even up to the point of being kissed on the cheek in betrayal. Reflect on Jesus’ encouragement of His disciples who were seriously lacking in many ways. Grow in getting Jesus’ heart for others and genuinely care for the people in front of you.
Do you believe that you know Jesus enough right now to make a true difference in someone else life, and that you have what it takes to help make disciples of Christ? What are your thoughts about this?
What do you feel you need the most help with in regards to making disciples of Jesus? Who do you need to talk to in order to get the help you need?
Jesus, as I follow you, I trust that there are people in my life that you want to serve and help through me. Open my eyes to see the opportunities you give me and lead me to people you want me to serve. Calm me down in areas I’m overly zealous, and stir me up in areas I’m hesitant or afraid. Jesus, use me. Fill me. Send me. Today, I surrender all I have to serve you however you want me to serve in discipleship. In Your Name, Amen
- MENTOR – Pray for God to send you to someone who can help you grow in influencing other people through personal discipleship. Take action to contact someone today and have them pray with you and ask them to follow up with you on this subject.
- GROWTH TRACK – register today for Step 1, 2 or 3 in the Growth Track at www.myanchorchurch.com/growthtrack. Then tell someone about what is happening in your journey to Know God.
- GET IN A GROUP – explore the opportunities to connect with other people in an Anchor Group at www.myanchorchurch.com/groups. You will grow and you will help others grow in their faith. Day