“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,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
I have been doing a lot of reading on how to create disciples. As a Christian I feel this is one of my jobs and I want to be better at it because the goal of making disciples is to get them to follow Christ.
When I was a youth, those that were supposed to disciple me were not equipped to do so because I was a horrible teen and I think a little above their pay grade to handle. Unfortunately, whether it be because of my lack of respect or their lack of patience, I left the church community for many years. Nearly 100% of all Christian teenagers do this after leaving high school. This is extremely sad to me.
As a pastor, I love to teach others anything I learn about God.
I have been trying to soak up all I can about making disciples. My greatest desire is to not let what happened to me, as a teenager, happen to others. I want to see people being the salt and light to the world whether they go to college, a mission field or amongst their own family.
I recently read, “The Great Commission uses three phrases to describe what disciple making entails: go, baptize people, and teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded. Simple, right? It’s incredibly simple in the sense that it doesn’t require a degree, an ordination process, or some sort of hierarchical status. It’s as simple as going to people, encouraging them to follow Jesus (this is what baptism is all about), and then teaching them to obey Jesus’s commands (which we find in the Bible)” (Chan, 2001, p31).
Pretty simple if you ask me. I am going to “GO” are you?
Chan, Francis. (2001). Multiply. Colorado Springs, Colorado: David C. Cook.