INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP

31 05 2009

Our job is to make disciples, our goal is finishing the Great Commission.

Each believer is supposed to be a disciple.

And if he is a disciple then he should make disciples, because a disciple is one who makes disciples.

Are you a disciple then?

Each believer can supposedly say, “I was made into a disciple of Jesus by _____.” But sad to say most Christians could not point to someone as the one who made them into a disciple. This is the very reason why they have become ‘spiritual orphans’ jumping from church to church without changing their lives.

If we are commanded by Jesus to make disciples then ‘making disciples’ is for everyone. It is for you, it is for me. It is for our next generation.

If we are commanded to make disciples by Jesus, then there must be people out there who we can make into disciples of Jesus.

The question is: Who should be making disciples? And second, how are we going to make a person into a disciple?

FINDING YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE

I asked an Indian church planter who said he has 120 master trainers and about 45,000 members in his house church network: “What is your secret?” He Read the rest of this entry »





BEING CHURCH 24/7

29 05 2009

DSC00521Jesus never intended for Christianity to become a religious sect. He did however want His followers to follow His footsteps in how He lived life, as designed by God, on this earth. Watching what His Father does and hearing what His Father says is what He does. That’s how He’s obedient to His Father’s will. It’s not a matter of rules or of even choosing between right and wrong but of just being obedient to His Father. In like manner, the same Father calls us. He wants us, as His children, to each become an obey-er, just like Jesus.

Being church is living Christianity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And every child of God can do just that because the Holy Spirit is not just here to stay in a believer’s life on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings but every minute of the day, even if one is just sitting down or lying in bed. We are the temple of God, and wherever we go, we stay the same – the church of Jesus Christ.

It’s Not About Going to Church

Being church is neither going to church nor doing church activities. It is not a full-time or part-time Christian, and most of all, it is not a Sunday-going believer. It is not defining worship as attending worship services in church buildings. Also, it is not having a specialized ministry, meaning a person who specializes in specific ministry in the church or someone who is a part of an elite group that does a specific task inside or outside the church, overseen by someone higher in authority like a pastor.

Wherever I go I meet tens if not hundreds of Christians who don’t care about going to church anymore. It’s not that they have lost their faith, but rather that they have kept it until now but are afraid of losing it if they were to join a church! Most of these folks are not just pew sitters but have had Read the rest of this entry »