How do we do that? What does it mean?
A disciple is one who has been taught and instructed in how to be a follower of another. The one to follow in the context of the Bible is Jesus.
We make disciples by making known or proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ. The word of God is absolutely essential to that purpose or goal.
As Paul said his farewell to the elders of the church in Ephesus, he left them with this final admonition, “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32 )
The result of those who hear the message of Jesus, believe it and are baptized into Christ is their salvation.
How central is the message of Jesus Christ to who we are and what we are about as individuals and as a church? How central is that message to the actions and purpose of our life?
How are we doing as disciples? How are we doing at making disciples?
These thoughts have been on my mind a lot today. I wanted them to be on yours as well.
No guilt trip intended. Just an opportunity for some serious consideration and self-evaluation.