How to Make Disciples
“Go and make disciples to all nations…”
Jesus, the Christ, Matthew 28:19
Wherever you are right now God strategically places you in the nations to make disciples for Himself. You cannot say, “I am now in California working but my heart for the ministry is in the Philippines. How can I be useful for His kingdom?” Jesus said, “Go” and though at times He will guide your feet in specific places but generally He already sent us to the world. Jesus in prayer for His disciples is not to take them out of the world. The world is ‘your’ field when Jesus spoke, “Look at the fields.”
John 17:16-18. Luke 10:2-3.
You, A Disciple Maker
Jesus chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. A disciple is not only one who follows Jesus but also one who makes others disciple of Jesus. Through his life became ‘salt of the earth’ and ‘light of the world’ others are affected by him and ultimately be affected by the One whom he follows. His life then must be one who can be trusted so that when he asks others to be Jesus disciples; they will gladly follow Him without hesitation. For they see the life that is change of following Him. What does it take then for others to believe what you are going to say, to become a trustworthy person and to be loyal to your leading?
John 15:16, Matthew 5:13-14
Finding Faithful Men Who are Disciple Makers
The job of making disciples are entrusted to those who can be trusted, that is they have people around who believe in them, trust in them and loyal to them. Paul, who is fathering young Timothy in the Lord wrote to him saying, “the things that you have heard from me…commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
I believe that the job of making disciples is for everyone who faithfully follows Christ. They know how to follow Jesus and so can be able to teach others how to follow Him. Everyone can be a faithful follower of Jesus that is obeying His commands, live and walk in the Spirit and being led by the Spirit.
2 Timothy 2:2, John 14:15, Galatians 5:25, Romans 8:14
Finding Faithful Friends Who You Can Make Disciples
“We know a lot of people,” as my dad would say, “but we only have few friends.” Jesus have called His disciples ‘friends’ because He revealed to them everything He knew what His Father had said. They have become His family on earth. The same holds true to our friends, they have become our second family on earth.
So, to start your journey of making disciples you have to start with those people believe in you, trust you and loyal to you, namely, your friends! Everybody has friends, it’s normal that everybody also has people who are loyal to them. Take a minute now and try to call someone up and see who comes! These are the kind of people then who you can easily make disciples of Jesus.
How to make disciples is easy. Jesus commanded you to go and make one so there are gonna be people out there who you can make disciples. And the closest place to find them is through your family circle and friends who are close to you. Remember, they have already your belief, your trust and loyalty. These qualities make them easier to follow Jesus through you.
Jesus, A Disciple Maker
When Jesus found Phillip and followed Him, and Phillip found his friend Nathanael and found ‘no deceit’ in Jesus. Surely Jesus whom they followed can be trusted then. In a nutshell, Jesus made friends and make them His disciples. He made friends with different kinds of people, rich or poor, ugly or beautiful, needy or religious He all spend His time with them and invited them to His rest BUT only make disciples to those people who believe in Him, trusted Him and loyal to Him.
We can learn from Jesus way of making disciples.
Make Disciples of Jesus
Go and make disciples, disciples of whom? Jesus’, not mine. My job is to make them Jesus followers, not mine. I only ‘make’ you His disciple. The way Jesus makes one is like this, “Follow Me.” The way we make disciples of Him is, “I will make you a disciple.” The person who is ready normally responds, “What is that?”
“I will teach you how to follow Jesus in your everyday life. Do you want to follow Him?”
The key for them to say ‘yes’ is because they see your change life. They see a different kind of life, different than what they are living right now. They see the kind of life that they want to live – a new way of life in Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:1-4, Ephesians 5:1
An Everlasting Offer
Jesus invited anyone who will believe in Him into a new life. Anyone who trusts in Him can have a better life because he will not live for himself alone but to God and to others. But in order for them to get that God kind of life needs an agent, a representative of God, a representation of God-life in front of them, and that is you.
Jesus gave His life on the cross and He is looking for a recipient of that life, He found you first so that you can find others as well and gave the same life that you have received from Him. That is the very purpose of your existence.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20, John 10:10; 13:34; 14:6
John 3:16, Mark 10:45, Matthew 9:12-13, Ephesians 1:4
A Relationship with God
God, from the beginning made man for Himself. He was created for relationship with his Creator. But the sin of independence separated their ways. Relationship was broken, thus, man does no longer live for his Creator but for himself.
God offers a relationship back to mankind through Jesus Christ. That relationship is everlasting through receiving Christ and His life. He is called ‘eternal life’ for life is found in Him!
When a person believes and trust in His finished work on the cross, he is given ‘eternal life’ that means his relationship with God has been reconciled. That relationship is meant to be ‘forever!’ Like a husband and a wife, when they were not married yet, they lived for their own, but when they’re married they lived for one another – they have relationship with each other and that was meant to last forever here on earth.
Genesis 1:27, 2:16-17, 3:6, 23, Isaiah 43:7, 21, Romans 3:23; 5:10, John 14:6, Romans 5:8 11, John 17:3
Just as Christ was with God from the beginning, God was with Christ on the cross reconciling the world through Him. Thus, it is God’s initiative to save man, humankind never ask God to come down from heaven to earth. Instead, God gave His Son willingly; we never bother to ask Him to.
God gave and we received without any cost from us. “It is finished” He said on His last words on the cross before He gave up His life, not “To be continued.”
He gave up His life for us; no one takes it from Him.
It is done; salvation through forgiveness is done two thousand years ago.
Forgiveness was given already, not waiting to be requested. It is dependent and based on the giver, not the one who asks for it. Man’s only respond is, accept his sin and received the forgiveness. Like the prodigal son, after squandering all he has came back broke and come to realization of himself, admitted his fault and remorse his sin in God’s sight and to the offender which is his father. But his father in a distant far away has long been waiting, not only ready to forgive but have already forgiven them his sins.
In the same way, forgiveness has already been settled two thousand years ago.
John 1:1, 3:16, 10:11, 19:30, 1 John 1:9, Luke 15:11-32
It’s Free so Be Free!
The Gift, it was meant to be given. Jesus, the gift was given. Receive Him!
The Gift, it was meant to be used. Jesus the gift let Him use you!
It is free, so be free and give it away for free as well.
Nothing you can do that can make God loves you more. Nothing you can do that can make God loves you less. His love is perfect because He is perfect; actually His Name is love because that’s what He is. No need to fear because perfect loves cast out fear.
He is full of grace, truth and love. We are saved by grace for we have found the Truth and He loved us that while we were yet sinners and without strength, He died for us.
The wages of our sin is death; in our weakness God rescued us by sending His Son on the cross and paid the payment of our sin. Paid by His own blood, paid in full!
What can man do? Wait himself to stop sinning before he acknowledges God? Nothing would change God’s ways, no one can alter it. What is done is done. He didn’t wait for you to stop sinning before He will accept you. He accepted you already. Waiting for your own self to stop doing bad only delaying the power of God that can change your life. Being good or doing well doesn’t change God’s standard for righteousness. His standard is Jesus death on the cross, not what you just did or what you are about to do. If it would have been for our goodness, Christ could have died for nothing. He could not have gone through the cross for He does lots of good things already anyway. But sin’s wages is not good works, but death and that’s what He accomplished on the cross.
“It is finished” He said. And what can you do? Nothing!
Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 4:18, John 1:16, Romans 5:8, Acts 20:28
Work of God in Man in Salvation
Man before God draws him to Christ is dead. Dead because of sin, he sins because he is a slave to sin. When he comes to Christ he becomes a servant of God. A slave has no control for himself, a servant only do what his master commands.
A dead person can do nothing on his own; he needed to be raised up from the dead. “No one comes to me,” Jesus said, “unless the Father draws him to me.” This is all God’s initiative.
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
It takes a God kind of faith to believe in Jesus words, when Peter says, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” it does not come from himself as Jesus said but the Father has revealed it to Him. Man has his own belief, even the devil ‘believes’ in God and tremble, James 2:19, but only when the Father of Jesus will draw a person to Christ that’s when he truly believes in Jesus.
A person who comes to Christ must believe in everything He said.
Matthew 16:16-17, Philippians 2:12-13
Mark 1:15 – “The time fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand, Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Luke 24:47 – “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations.”
Repentance must happen in a person’s heart in order to enter into relationship with God forever. Repentance is not merely crying for what you have neither done, nor sorry or regret, but it is being remorseful of your sin, having a penitent heart. That is leaving your sin and not doing it again. When Jesus forgave the prostitute woman He said, “Go and sin no more.”
There is sorrow that leads to death, which is ‘worldly’ kind of sorrow. But there is a kind of sorrow that leads to repentance; this is ‘godly’ sorrow. Repentance then is a work of God! It is not something that you do; it is your respond to what Jesus has done already on the cross.
2 Corinthians 7:10 Romans 2:4
It is in a sense as something that you do but this is really more of a heart issue. There is only one single sin that man has committed in the sight of God – disbelief. And this is a heart issue. All sins, note with ‘s’ he committed in body, is only but a result of that one sin. This is why if a person refuses to believe is condemned already. On the other hand, the person who believes is not condemned but has passed from death to life.
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” – John 1:29
“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin,…of sin because they do not believe in Me.” – John 16:8-9
All sins are done in the body except one that is done in the heart – disbelief. And this one sin that is done in the heart resulted many kinds of sin, if you don’t mind, done in the body and soul – the spirit of man is dead and so it cannot sin for it is dead to sin.
What’s my point?
Coming to Christ is not complicated at all; He has done everything for us. What makes it complicated, not to the unbelieving people but to us who shared the Good news is we misrepresent the Gospel of salvation in repentance. We let them think that to be saved is they have something to do, which is repentance. No, the wrong question is, “What must I do to get saved?” The right question is, “What must I do to be saved.” The first is something to do and the later is only a respond of what has been done. If repentance is something to do then Christ death is not finished at all. Or which is which, are you saved because of your repentance or confession of sins or ‘sinner’s prayer’ or because Christ died for your sins? See, Christ could have just repent for our sins you know, forget the cross, that’s painful for Him – “let this cup pass from Me.”
If repentance is something to do for a person to be saved then salvation is not yet done. It is ‘hang-up’ on the word ‘repentance’ or ‘confession’ or even ‘sinner’s prayer.’ It is based then on those ‘things to do in order to get saved.’ But if repentance is his response to what Christ has done already, He did it for him, paid in full, only then can he understand the greatness and love of Christ. He ‘cannot boast for it is not of works’ as Ephesians 2:9 says. If it is not of work then it is grace, if it is not grace then it is of work.
Romans 4:4 – “Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.”
Romans 11:6 – “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”
I am not saying that a person does not need to repent or confess his sins [except ‘sinner’s prayer’ which I don’t think that’s Scriptural]. No, he needs to repent and confess his sins in order to be saved but don’t let him think and understand that it is his work to GET saved for it is not. That is why there is a sharing of the Gospel, which is what God has done for Him through Jesus Christ on the cross – this is the main reason why he is repenting.
Does this make the person, who believe God and is ready to repent of his sin easy or complicated at all? If it can be shared like these, does it make him willing to repent of his sin or not?
You may have to explain more to him if he gets it as something that he do in order to get it. You have to end it after sharing the Gospel, saying, “It’s done, sorry, there is no more to do. Christ paid it all for you. Nothing you can do now.” And pause for a minute, let these words sank into his deepest heart while he pondered upon these wonderful gift of God for humankind, and then continue,
“However, there is a need to response for you to be saved,” [notice, not to get saved] He may interrupt you saying, “What is that?” Then you continue “Repent of your sin.”
Trust Himself through Baptism
Believe is in the statement, Trust is in the person.
When someone believes in Jesus words, he can ultimately trust His life and that automatically trust his life to Him. He then repents of his sin as response after hearing the Gospel and then trust himself in baptism.
Baptism is a symbol of your old life being buried in the water. It is your sin’s burial. It is your funeral ceremony of old self. It is a decision that you are making to yourself to get rid of your old man and at the same time ready to wear the new man, the new spirit that God will pour out on you. This is why it’s important that baptism should take place the same day, or better the same hour he believes. When a person is excitedly wants to follow Christ, then baptism should not be delayed.
Christ death has purchased you from the devil’s hands. His death on the cross means, ‘Paid in full!’ He redeemed the contract sealed with His own blood. You may believe that while Jesus died within those 3 days before He resurrect, He went to hell and cancelled your reservation! How was that?
Your baptism which is you under the water, is just as Christ died and was buried, you also was buried with Him in baptism. And just as he was raised from the dead, you are also raised with Him in new life.
Acts 8:36, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12