In the next month, we will introduce the biblically-based definition of disciple-making that Crossing Church is dedicated to.
1. You Are a Disciple-Maker
The Great Commission says (Matthew 28:19–20):
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
What does it mean to make disciples?
Baptize and teach.
Not just information but obedience and application.
What is a disciple-maker?
A mature Christian?
Someone called to teach?
No, every Christian is a disciple-maker, according to the Great Commission.
Jesus says (John 15:8),
By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
Disciples are those who bear fruit and help others bear fruit.
"But I'm not ______ enough to make disciples."
Jesus called imperfect people to help other imperfect people bear fruit. You are God's Plan A for accomplishing his plans. God has no backup Plan B. Jesus' first disciples were messed up guys and he sent them out to preach before the New Testament was even written. "Yeah, but...." God knows he chose you and everyone else he chose is messed up too.
2. Take the Next Step & Help Others Do the Same
You may be frustrated that you're not where you want to be, or you're frustrated that someone else isn't where you want them to be. This frustration is only because you've forgotten who you're following. You're not following people, you're following Jesus. Compared to him, we're all terrible and imperfect. Nobody gets completely fixed this side of heaven. The moment we stop looking ahead at Jesus and turn around and look at how immature everyone else is we have ceased to focus on Christ.
Maturity is not an achieved status but constant movement. It is not a certain amount of knowledge but how much you apply. Celebrate every next step that you or others make, no matter how small and no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Everyone has a next step.
3. You are Qualified to Make Disciples Because the Holy Spirit Is in You
God is the one who grows us, and he does so through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit in you will grow you and help you make disciples (Ephesians 3:20-21):
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
This passage encourages us to dream big because God is bigger and accomplishes more than we imagine and more than we give him credit for. If he granted all our prayers in the last week, what would change and what would stay the same? The missionary William Carey said, "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”