Making Disciples Who Make Disciples
Whether it’s Jesus’ last words before his ascension, or Paul’s final letter he penned, Scripture is clear that God’s
primary way of building his Kingdom would be through an army of Spirit empowered people in the process of being transformed and investing in others through intimate life-on-life grace and truth.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” —MATTHEW 28:18-20 (NIV)
Every believer in Jesus is a disciple and no one ever ceases being a disciple. If we as followers of Jesus do not engage in intentional formation and discipleship toward the Kingdom, the culture will certainly form us. (For starters, that means a billion dollar media industry specifically shaping and molding messages). The formation we
naturally fall under in this world manipulates our sense of self and worth. The messages of the world distort our
search for meaning, identity, purpose, and belonging. There is little possibility for us to grow more and more like
Jesus through our natural inclinations and default patterns in life. To continually grow as spiritual leaders, it requires engaging in intentional Kingdom formation. This formation takes place in discipleship and disciple-making.
Discipleship is about becoming more and more like Jesus, the One who loves you, and stepping into full obedience to His voice.