Disciples make disciples.
The church grows because people, followers of Christ, are living as disciples. When we live as disciples, relationships are central to a growing, vibrant faith. The content of disciples’ relationships is Jesus Christ. The context of disciples’ relationships is the local community. Together, relationships with Jesus, one another, and your community help people to grow as disciples and remain faithful disciples.
We can’t expect the church to grow if the church, the body of Christ, is not following Jesus. Discipleship takes place in relationship with others. If you’re not sure how to define a disciple, here’s one definition: Disciples are grace-filled Christ followers who put faith into action.
We’ll explore that definition another time. For now, here is the question: who are you discipling?
- Perhaps it’s a relationship that’s just starting. Keep nurturing the relationship. Model what it means to be a Jesus follower.
- If you are walking with someone who is ready to make a commitment to Christ: Encourage them!
- Maybe you’re walking with long-time believers who are growing in their faith and it’s time to mentor new believers.
- Or, maybe, you’re helping others to serve beyond the church walls in the community.
All four aspects of discipleship are necessary for disciples to make disciples. You can’t pick from the list above. When we do, we fall short of the breadth and depth of living as a disciple of Jesus.
Wherever you are in the process of discipleship, embody the love of God we know in Jesus Christ. The fruit of your labor will be a vibrant and vital church.