August 13, 2013 at 16:05

Maritza Solano

Becoming a Disciple-Making Church

BWP-DiscipleshipThis book is about both opportunity and responsibility. The opportunity is discipleship, following Christ. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for every believer who wants to be all he or she can be. God made us in His image and we can never be complete until we are the way He made us to be. Discipleship is what happens to an individual. A Christian disciple is someone who has made an intentional and rational decision to follow Christ. God does the completing but He must have willing partners.

On the other hand, the responsibility is disciple-making. Churches are responsible for creating an environment that encourages believers to grow and rightly form their faith. Disciple-making is what the church does. Discipleship in the New Testament always took place within the context of a loving and supportive body of believers. This places a great responsibility upon the shoulders of today’s churches to be intentional and highly committed to developing disciples.

Matthew 28:19-20 is a 360-degree command. It begins with the church witnessing to the lost and unsaved, continues with the encouragement to maturity of those who become disciples, and results in those disciples carrying out the command to make more disciples. Then the process starts all over again.

Discipleship and disciple-making are complementary themes. Believers need to grow and should grow in their “followship” of Christ. It’s not normal if they don’t. And churches need believers to become more mature and take responsibility. When they do, churches are healthier and their attempts to build community and reach others are more fruitful.

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