That's because most people who have salvation experiences in large groups never seek discipleship and never grow.* Therefore, they never fulfill their potential and never evangelize or disciple others.
But when someone is discipled in God's Word for a year, they're equipped to evangelize and disciple others.
Discipleship yields quality which leads to quantity. It's a multiplication process instead of simple addition.
But methods and stats don't matter as much as faithfulness.
So let me get personal: What plans do you have for this upcoming year? How do you plan to grow and/or help others grow in Christ?
Will you join me this year in praying that God will make us:
♥ Faithful in sharing the Gospel and discipling those He places in our path.
♥ Deliberate about our personal growth in Christ.
One problem we have is thinking discipleship can only be done one way. This week on Bible Love Notes I'll share 4 different ways to disciple or be discipled.
*Some of these may be false conversions.
"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of God."
Jerome, an early church father
"In many parts of the world the church is growing by leaps and bounds, yet throughout the church, superficiality is everywhere. That is the paradox. Growth without depth."
Discipleship is one of the most important and neglected aspects of Christianity today.
1. How does lack of discipleship affect us?
Hebrews 5:11-14: We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
2. What does Christ command in the Great Commission?
Matthew 28: 18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
3. How seriously are we to take our discipleship?
Philippians 2:12-13: Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
After working through this study, read my insights HERE.
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