What is Disciple Making?
Disciple making is making disciples of Jesus, who in turn make more disciples. Okay, that’s obvious when we think about it, but helping people really connect with Jesus tends to be overshadowed by a list of tasks to be fulfilled - reading scripture, praying to Jesus, pursuing fellowship and accountability, sharing our faith, and so on.
Jesus Himself modeled discipleship for us. He was discipled by His Father.
“He awakens me morning by morning. He awakens my ear to listen as a disciple” (Isaiah 50:4, 5).
“I do nothing on my own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught me” (John 8:28).
If we are to be discipled by Jesus then our primary goal is to learn how to hear and respond to Him. Whether we are reading Scripture, walking with other believers or sharing our faith, we need to be open to the instruction of the Holy Spirit who has been given as our Helper to lead us into all truth. Dependence on him is even necessary if we are to pray effectively (Romans 8:26). And, of course, even praying itself is severely limited and soon becomes robbed of enjoyment if we are not listening to Him and entering into dialogue with Him so He can guide and encourage us.
From the outset, a disciple should learn that they can turn to Jesus, ask Him about anything and receive what He has for them. They should learn that they can bring to Him burdens and difficulties, problems and pain, and get help and encouragement directly from the One who knows and understands them like no other.
Disciple making is only effective to the degree that it points others to Jesus and helps them engage with him!
We want to disciple people in a way that equips them likewise to disciple others. It is Jesus’ great joy to share the role of disciple making with us. Therefore, we want to teach others to do it well with others. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus tells us that this is His plan for all His followers.
If you’d like to learn more about disciple making, ask your Lifegroup leader.