We Make Disciples Who Make Disciples

Jesus’ last words to his followers in Matthew 28 included the command to “go and make disciples of all people.”

Then, in 1 Timothy 2:2 Paul says to his disciple, Timothy: “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Here we see that Paul instructed Timothy who was then to teach what he learned to “faithful men” who were then to teach others. Four generations of Jesus’ disciples are mentioned in this one sentence! Paul > Timothy > Faithful Men > Others.

Our mission has this same generational approach to making disciples. As we become disciples of Jesus, we will then turn around and help others become disciples of Jesus, and then they will go and make disciples themselves. Every single disciple of Jesus can be engaged in this mission through being part of God's church, connecting with other believers, serving, giving, sharing their faith, and helping lead God's people. In short: We make disciples who make disciples.

What is a Disciple?

We define the word "disciple" with Matthew 4:19. In this passage, Jesus approaches Peter and Andrew near their fishing boat and asks them to be his disciples. He tells them:


“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”


In this statement we see three distinct aspects of what it means to be a disciple.


Follow me... A disciple is someone who follows Jesus. This means not only knowing about Jesus, but believing in him to the point that we are committing our lives to him.

And I will make you... A disciple is someone who is being changed by Jesus. As we come to know and believe in Jesus, we will begin to recognize that we need to ask God to change us on a daily basis.  This means that as disciples we are a work in progress that is being continually transformed and changed to be more like Jesus.

Fishers of men. A disciple is someone who is committed to the mission of Jesus. This mission is to help others to know and believe in Jesus. 



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