spiritual parenting

What Does It Mean To Make Disciples?

Discipleship"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.
To learn more about how you can become a better disciple-maker, click the "Free Resources" tab at the top of this page and download the "Faith Trainer Workbook."

Faith Trainer Guide: Helping People Follow Jesus

Faith Trainer logo - websiteI've just completed a project that has been, in some sense, decades in the making. Well, to say I've completed it may be inaccurate, for it's really the first step of a much larger mosaic. So let's say that I've reached a milestone that, for me, is critical to fulfilling my calling. All my life I've had a desire to assist regular Christians to be an active part of the Great Commission. Yet what I've witnessed in my 20-plus years in ministry has been a deadly combination of apathy, misdirected efforts from church leaders, and outright opposition to disciple-making.

For many years now, the Lord has brought people into my life cutting-edge Christian leaders who focused on different aspects of disciple-making: Steve Sjogren (servant evangelism), Lee Thomas (praying for the lost), Bill Fay (sharing the gospel), and Jim Petersen (spiritual parenting)--just to name a few. It took a while for it all to sink in and to overcome those who opposed what the Lord was doing, but Part 1 of the project is now complete.

Faith Trainer Guide: Helping People Follow Jesus is a free downloadable self-study workbook that may be able to help you effectively reach your lost loved ones for Christ. Just click the banner above that says "Faith Trainer Rsources" and you can download it from that page.

May your prayers be everything our Heavenly Father desires, and may He grant you everything you ask (John 15:7-8).