Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Disciple Making 101

Should every Christian be engaged in the task of disciple making? Throughout my life there have been times when I've been active in the disciple making process. But unfortunately I think I've often left this task for people more qualified, or who were freed up to dedicate their lives to this task.

After all, if disciple making means writing books, teaching theology, preparing sermons, lectures or DVD's... disciple making can't be for all of us. Maybe I'm capable of working though some pre-made Bible study material... but really?

I'm wondering if the task of making disciples isn't supposed to be so complex. Maybe it is something all Christ followers should be actively pursuing.

So here is a silly question I have to ask:

How did Jesus make disciples?

He could have held weekly meetings and worked through a series of sermons covering all the essential doctrines.

He could have take some of the future leaders deeper by opening the first Bible College or Seminary. He could have written textbooks, and had these men write term papers as they progressed through the disciple making process.

But He chose to simply ask these men to follow Him. He invited them to live life with Him. He taught stuff along the way, in many different natural ways. The teaching that Jesus did was connected to the life they were living together.

Jesus that was way too simplistic!

I can't see that working today.

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Jim Rayner said...

Force it upon the children you teach at school.

Jonathan said...

Uh?? No thanks. If you know me, I hope you know that's not my style. Thanks for the random comment. :)

Swanny said...

Why do you think simplicity would not work today?

Jonathan said...

Sorry Swanny, I forgot some people don't like sarcasm. :) On your blog you typically just say exactly what you are thinking. So I'll rephrase.

I suspect many Christians couldn't imagine a successful disciple making campaign that didn't rely heavily on a structured plan including sermons, books, DVD's, and/or study groups. But somehow it worked OK for Jesus and His disciples. Maybe we should consider following His example on this. :)

frank said...

It is the garden of Eden again. People prefer the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, as against the Tree of Life.

If we reduce Christianity down to rules of what is right or wrong, we don't need to have any sensitivity to the Spirit of God whispering in our hearts.