Why Make Disciples?
There’s a lot to do in life and we have a lot of responsibilities, so how can we be sure that we don’t miss the most important things? Imagine sitting down with Jesus and asking, “Jesus, what should be the primary focus of my life?” Jesus would say something like, “Out of your love for God and your neighbor, I want you to go and make disciples.” He said this to his disciples and, by extension, to you and me:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20)
Regardless of the career you’ve chosen, your calling is bigger! Your purpose is to be a part of God’s plan for reaching the world for Christ. The Great Commission of Jesus Christ is to MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS.
What is a Disciple? A Fully Formed Follower of Christ
The apostle Paul put it this way: “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…” Galatians 4:19. Paul “labored,” which is to say, “he worked hard” to see Jesus formed in others. That’s what it means to be a disciple – to have Jesus formed in our lives. Here’s a simple definition:
Fully Formed Followers of Jesus understand what Christ has done for them (Grace), who they are in Christ (Identity), and have set their hearts to pattern their lives after Christ’s until they look and live like Jesus (Life Patterns).
What characteristics are we working hard to form in others? There are many indicators, but after reflecting on the words of Scripture and their own lives, the pastors and elders at Hill Country Bible Church concluded there are four basic identities with corresponding life patterns that encompass the core characteristics of a follower of Jesus.
- Worshiper: Disciples grow in their devotion to God and away from devotion to anything else.
- Witness: Disciples faithfully share the good news of Jesus with others and see people come to faith in Christ.
- Servant: Disciples know how God has gifted them and they use their gifts to serve
- Disciple Maker: Disciples understand their primary ministry calling and disciple others to become fully formed followers of Jesus.
The Disciple Maker's Guide is available here.
This Guide is designed to help you in three areas:
- Provide a Biblical definition and framework for making disciples as Jesus did.
- Elevate the importance of a relational approach to disciple making.
- Offer proven practices and strategies for making disciples.
Basic Bible Reading and Prayer
BLESS Plan and FRANC List
You can download the BLESS and FRANC plans and lists here!
Methods and Approaches
Discover Your Gifts
Take the Spiritual Gifts Inventory! There are no right or wrong answers, but this may help you know where your gifting is the strongest.