How to Start Making Disciples
One of Jesus last commands before He ascended to heaven was for his disciples to go and do the same as him – make disciples, baptizing and teaching them to observe all that I (Jesus) have commanded you.
And I believe this command is in effect now for those who call themselves a follower of Jesus as it was then.
Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t been intentional about this.
It’s not as hard as you might think. And it’s never too late to start.
You might be thinking I don’t even know where to start.
Let me give you a few suggestions of some good starting points.
Who to disciple?
Now Jesus didn’t just take his discipleship ministry casually. He was very intentional with His process.
For example, He chose twelve disciples. And out of those twelve, He chose to have a little more intimacy with an inner group of 3, then he did with others.
And if Jesus was intentional, I think we should be as well.
So think of who God has placed in your life that you could disciple. My suggestion would be to keep your discipleship group between three and twelve people.
The smaller the group the more intimacy and involvement you can have.
The next big question you might have is how do I disciple.
How to disciple
As a parent, discipling your kids should be a priority.
- Pray with them. they will learn how to pray by listening to you.
- Do family devotionals. They will see the importance of studying and reading the Holy Scriptures from you.
- Talk about God randomly. Talk about His creation, how He has blessed your family, show them that He is more than a Sunday morning routine to you.
General starting points.
- Start a bible study where you live. Sometimes people just need a safe place to explore Christianity.
- Be open to answering your friends questions about Jesus. You don’t have to have all the answers, just be open to talking and let your friends know when you don’t have the answer, and that you can research it together.
- Study a book with some friends. Pick a book that will stretch your knowledge, faith, and love of God and go through it a chapter at a time. Meet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner somewhere once a week (or bi-weekly) to discuss what was read.
Just do it
Getting started will probably be the hardest part. Because you will want everything to be perfect. But, the reality is that it will probably never be perfect.
Discipleship is messy but it is rewarding.
Don’t wait until you have everything perfect to start making disciples. Because if you do, chances are you never will.
Making disciples is not as hard as you might think. And it’s never too late to start. So what are you waiting for? – Matthew 28:19-20