Don’t take the make out of discipleship

Posted: May 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have noticed a current trend among some when it comes to making disciples. Emphasis is placed upon maturing people, or taking them deeper into the word. These disciple makers want to sit around and discuss deep or questionable things that won’t make a difference in everyday life. It seems maturity is based upon how much knowledge is obtained rather than observed. They get all excited about some new truth or latest argument. Many of their discussions, new truths and observations are not based in relevance, don’t impact everyday life and certainly are not part of essential beliefs. I know you’re thinking why does this bother me? Isn’t learning truth and going deeper into the word a good thing? Yes! What disturbs me is that they have a complete misunderstanding of what it means to make disciples and they hide behind this biblical concept to feel spiritual and overlook their complete disobedience in sharing the gospel. All they want to discuss is their emphasis on “Making Disciples”. If you ask what they are passionate about it is making disciples. The thing that gets me is the missing of an entire step in the disciple making process. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20(NLT) “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The first step in making disciples is getting the gospel to the people. You can’t make a disciple until you first win them to Christ. Many who are passionate about making disciples (maturing people) are not passionate about the first step of seeing people come to Jesus. Why does this current trend of disciple making miss the first part about making disciples? It seems they want to skip the part about, making disciples and go straight to the teaching part. If people don’t first come to Christ you can’t make disciples. Often, this current disciple maker has almost no passion about seeing come to Jesus. They’re passion is in taking people who have already become a believer and teaching or exposing them to the knowledge they have obtained. This is head religion and not heart religion. Disciple making that leaves out the guts of the gospel is not true discipleship. This trend of disciple makers and churches that emphasize this go deeper mentality are not making an impact on the lost. They rarely lead someone to Christ and have very few baptisms. Shouldn’t a natural outgrowth of discipleship be, maturing people make an impact on their world? Any discipleship venture that causes people to sit inside the four walls and dive deeper into the word discovering irrelevant truths and doesn’t cause them to go into a lost world making every effort to tell people about Jesus is not a biblical discipleship. Don’t call it “Making Disciples” it is a holy huddle.

  1. Jim says:

    Sounds like about 2 or 3 professors I had in college. Good word brother, you can’t raise a child until they are “first” born (again).

  2. Jim says:

    Because of people not on the same wave link as I get sometimes, let me say that I wasn’t referring to you Brother, when I said, “sounds like 2 or 3 professors I had”, rather I was referring to that kind of mentality that you write about.

    I’m finding that if you don’t spell out everything to a “T” that people get more confused. God Bless!!!!

  3. Chris Young says:

    Amen Brother!!! I know for a fact that you practice what you preach. I want to thank you for allowing me to tag along with you when you go share the gospel with those that are lost, visit people in the hospital and counsel those that are hurting. You showed me how to come to Christ and then you showed me how to help others find the way. You are a great Pastor, mentor and friend.

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