We make disciples and equip them. We don’t disciple them as we are not the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit, but we are not the Holy Spirit. Every follower of Jesus has the same Holy Spirit in them. We equip them, that is not ‘discipleship’ at all as we see it happening in classrooms. Best words are not “lead” “mentor” “train” or having “successors” but more on “fathering and mothering” the next generation. Paul, fathering Corinthian Believers 1 Cor 4:14-18, fathering Timothy, “My son Timothy, and like John fathering “many children.”

I like what Floyd McFlung says, “We [make] disciple the lost to convert, we don’t disciple the lost. [Emphases “make” added mine]

Or as my friend Mike Peters would say, “We are only take men to Christ for him to be discipled.”

If “we” disciple people then he will become “our” disciple. If we only “make” them a disciple then it’s obvious “Who” are we making him into a disciple? Honestly, either we draw them to Christ for him to be discipled or we draw them to ourselves: “There are some among you here who will draw disciples for themselves.” The discipler is the Holy Spirit, this makes a big difference between the OT and NT. Moses-Joshua and Elijah-Elisha style of discipling cannot be compared or followed by in NT. Difference is, one only “transferee” of HS, the other is “given.” There is “spirit-led” so all so-called human Christian leadership is eliminated, [lead an unbeliever to Christ, but a “son is led by the spirit.] Paul, does not worry about ‘church leadership’ when he leaves the Ephesian church, Acts 20, he “entrusted them by the Holy Spirit, in fact he is more worried about it that when he leaves “there are some among you here who will draw disciples for themselves.”