What Does It Mean To Make Disciples?

"And Jesus came up and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:18-20).

In these verses, commonly known as the Great Commission, Jesus instructs his followers as to their primary activity on earth: disciple-making. But what does it mean to make disciples?

Examining these verses carefully gives us some important principles to keep in mind:

  • Disciple-making is the task of all believers.

  • Disciple-making is a process that begins with evangelism.

  • Disciple-making is a process that continues with spiritual growth.

  • Disciple-making is a process that results in more disciple-making.

A definition of disciple-making:

Disciple-making is the process of bringing people from unbelief to becoming devoted followers of Jesus who reproduce this process with others.

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