Disciples Are Made Not Born
Equipping Christians to multiply themselves through ministry to others
”Make disciples” is the mandate of the Master (Matt.28:19-20). We may ignore it, but we cannot evade it.
Our risen Christ left this legacy – the Magna Carta of the church. He provided both the model and the method. His life–and-death recast the lives of men. He demonstrated that you have not done anything until you have changed the lives of men.
“Follow Me,” He urged His twelve men. And then the staggering assurance: “Lo, I am with you always.” Somehow we have forgotten that this promise is linked with a process. We cannot embrace the promise and ignore the process.
Much of the feverish and frustrating activity of the contemporary church is entertainment, not education. “Everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher”, avowed our Lord (Luke 6:40). The Lord invites us to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him. Anyone who wants to walk where Christ walked will sustain a ministry of multiplication.
by Walter A. Henrichsen)
Question: Who are the disciples of Christ?
Answer: A disciple, by definition, is a follower, one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another. A disciple of Christ is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. This process requires believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God. This requires that we be in the Word daily—studying it, praying over it, and obeying it. In addition, we should always be ready to give testimony of the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) and to disciple others to walk in His way. “Disciples of Christ” therefore is not a religion or denomination, although this was the original denominational affiliation of this Church. Read more…