Discipleship 5

Disciples help others follow Jesus (Vol. 1 – 5)

 

As we follow our Lord, we quickly learn that part of imitation is replication. Having a personal relationship with Jesus is magnificent, but it is incomplete if it ends with us. Part of being his follower is to intentionally help others learn from Him and become more like Him. If you are not helping other people follow Jesus, then you have a misunderstanding of what it means to follow Jesus. To be his follower is to help others follow Him.

Being a disciple that makes disciples happens in two particular ways. First, we are called to evangelize. Evangelism is telling people who do not follow Jesus what it means to follow Him. We do this by proclaiming and portraying the gospel in our neighborhood and among the nations (Mt. 28:19-20). We must never forget that God has placed us in the families, workplaces, and circles of friends that we are in so that we can proclaim the gospel of grace to those who are destined to hell apart from Christ. We must help people learn how to begin to follow Jesus.

The second aspect of making disciples is helping other believers grow in Christ-likeness. Jesus has designed his church to be a body (1 Cor. 12), a kingdom of citizens and a family who actively build each other up into the fullness of Christ (Eph. 2:19; 4:13, 29). We are called to instruct each other about Christ (Rom. 15:14) and to imitate others who are following Christ (1 Cor. 4:16, 11:1; 2 Thess. 3:7, 9). As disciples, we are to intentionally pour into other disciples so they can pour into still others (2 Tim. 2:1-2).

Be equipped, to help others follow, at our Discipleship Equipping Classes on Sunday afternoons.