The theme for the ecclesiastical year of the PCG is "Let Christ Be Formed In You" (Galatians 4:19). As a Presbyterian, what impact did we make with the theme, "Go And Make Disciples Of All Nations," as far as discipleship making is concerned? How have you intentionally pursued Disciple-making?
The strong desire in the heart of the Lord Jesus, is for each one of us to bear fruit, to bring forth more fruit and actually, fruit that remains. Disciple-making is the process of bringing people into a right relationship with God; and developing them to full maturity in Christ through intentional growth strategies, that they may multiply the entire process in others also.
Discipleship is a process of reproducing or imparting the life of a teacher to a pupil. It is a life long process and not just an event. Disciples are made, they are not born. If people are not made, they cannot make people So if we do not intentionally become disciples, we cannot make disciples.
Disciples-making is non-negotiable - Matt. 28:18-20
Every believer in Christ is called to be both a disciple of Christ and a disciple of Him (2 Timothy 2: 2). It is both the job and privilege of every believer to be a disciple of Christ Jesus. Persons who are ready to be used by God must be faithful, available and teachable Discipleship requires steadfastness.
Discipleship is a life-connection, it will change you to conform to the life of Jesus Christ In discipleship, there is a life to be followed.
Jesus is calling us to take upon us His yoke and learn from Him (Matthew 11: 28 - 29). Matthew 26: 69 - 73, Acts 4:13, God always locates a life that others can be asked to follow.
Jesus intentionally chose His disciples - Matthew 4: 18 - 22. "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Jesus is the Life that has become the manual for discipleship Phil.3:17-19, 4: 9; 1 Thess. 1: 5-9; 1 Cor.11:1. Is your life a "followable" one? Are you willing to make it available for disciples to come and examine and learn? Can you place your life at the disposal of others as a living example and a template for them to learn from?
Discipleship begins where people are ready to follow you to Christ Jesus is the curriculum of discipleship. If we do not teach Jesus, we will not have Jesus in the church (Col.1:27-28). What God is looking for in the disciple is Christ.
Discipling others may not require a degree, but it does require a process. The Disciple-makers need to be intentional leaders as Jesus did.