There are two concepts that most people mix up when it comes to the issues of disciplining. We have discipleship and disciple-making. Discipleship is when an individual commits his or her life to Christ and grow in his likeness. Disciple-making is when an individual holds the hand of another person and help him or her to grow and help that person to grow in Christ.
The goal of discipleship and disciple-making is seen in Ephesians 4-12-13; “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” If the church is to be built up and is to mature into the fullness of Christ, and manifests the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it takes discipleship serious.
Who Qualifies to Disciple others?
The one who is qualified to disciple another person is the one who has given his life to Christ, who is born again and growing in his/her walk with God.
Who can be discipled?
The one is has given his/her life to Christ.
Importance of Discipling
1. It is a command from God – Matt 28:19-20
2. It is key for Church growth
3. Keeps the flock of Jesus in Check
4. Teaches the congregation and grounds them in the word of God
As a church, if we want the youth to live a Christ-like life, there will be the need to take up the mandate of discipleship and discipling others with the word of God.
In conclusion, we as Christians are born to reproduce and we cannot do that if we are not growing with our faith in God.