Remember the days of the evangelistic tent crusades? The gospel would be preached and people would come forward to be saved. A week or so later the tent would come down and the evangelist would move on to another town leaving behind new believers in need of discipleship.
Matthew 28:19 doesn’t say, “Go therefore and get people saved…” It says:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”
A “disciple” in its simplest form means: a student or learner; a follower of Christ.
Matthew 28: 20 instructs us what we are to teach:
“teaching them to observe all that I command you…”
It is teaching a new believer God’s word. Pastor Andrew Isiaho of Christ Baptist Church in Polokwane recently shared:
How do we make disciples of all nations?
-By mobilizing people to go where the gospel has not been heard.
According to Operation World, there are 2.84 billion people or 41.1% of the population who make up the unreached peoples. A Great Commission church would be one that mobilizes their congregation to send, pray and/or give so that the unreached can be reached with the gospel of Christ.
-By evangelizing through the sharing of the gospel which God uses to convert souls. The gospel message we share must contain Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. There must be an understanding of our sin in light of God’s holiness or the cross is diminished.
-By providing the teaching of God’s word and the example of living it out. Disciple-making requires time and effort; much more than a week of tent meetings.
Making disciples Next we will look at:
Experiencing His presence
Have you had opportunity to disciple a new believer? How did you go about it? Was there a certain study you used that was helpful?