Jesus has made it very clear on how He is going to bless us and infact has commanded us so that we take this as very serious, for this is how the Grace of God can flow through us and touch the lives of others.
The Great Commission (New Living Translation (NLT))
Matthew 28 :18-20
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore,
go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Jesus never told us to make converts; He called us / commanded us to make disciples, to reproduce ourselves in Christ. It is not true that some people are called just to have their sins forgiven and others to become disciples. Being a disciple is God's plan for every Christian. There is only one instance in all the New Testament where believers are called Christians. "Disciple" or "disciples," used 569 times in the New Testament, are the names attached to those who truly believed in Jesus.
when you continue in the Word, then you will know the truth, and the truth you know sets you free. In these verses, Jesus was speaking to those who already believed on Him.
Jesus knew that only those who became disciples would truly become free. if you are not making Disciples, Baptizing them, teaching them and training them to make Disciples, then you are not truly free. it is walking in the obedience of his teachings that we can live in his Blessings producing great results.
Every Disciple of Christ needs to be a Teacher
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers
, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
The above scriptures clearly says that Disciples needs to growup into Jesus becoming teachers of His commandments, but today you see church goers still remaining infants even after being a born-again Christian for years or even decades or so. The scriptures talks about them as ever learning, not coming to the knowledge of Truth.
The Five fold Ministry (Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelists, Teachers) will train them to growup and become as matured as Christ and send them out to reach and teach the word. Believers are responsible to reach and teach the Gospel to the World.
Every Christian should be teaching, discipling somebody and until they take responsibility for someone they will never growup.
Are you your brother's keeper? - YES
goes as follows
: Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said,
"I do not know. Am I
my brother's keeper?"
In the story of Cain and Abel, sons of Adam and Eve, Cain slew his brother in a fit of jealousy. When he came home and the Lord asked him, "Where is your brother?" Cain answered that he didn't know. "Am I my brother's keeper?"
God wants us to know that we are our brother's keeper.
Yes, you are your brother's keeper! Your brother is also your keeper. If everyone were to be each other's keeper, no one would be unsafe or uncared for. Each person would have someone looking out for him or her no matter who they are or what is happening around them.
We can't prosper as a nation, family, or an individual without each looking out for one another. Someone you know may need some wisdom you have to give, help to heal, or even rescuing from a devastating circumstance. God tells us that the blessings He gives are not for us alone. In
Genesis 12:2 -3
, God says "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
We are not here just for ourselves; we are to help out our brothers and sisters. We are to be our brother's keeper.
Dear Beloved of God
You can't fix something without knowing the problem. You can't treat a sickness if you don't know the cause. You can't solve your financial woes if you don't know where your money is going. Yet Christians are hoping and praying for change in their personal lives and in society without dealing with the real problem. Most don't even know what the problem is. So, what's the bottom line? Why aren't we and this world being transformed by the Gospel, as the Lord would have it be? It's because God's Word is THE seed that He uses to release His life into our lives and world, and the vast majority of Christians are not planting God's Word in their hearts and protecting it.
Here's the solution: The church must obey Jesus’ command to make disciples and not just converts. "Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19, Amplified Bible). Notice that Jesus didn't tell us to just make converts; He told us to make disciples. That is a huge difference. Jesus said a disciple is a person who continues in His Word until he or she is free. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).
This isn't what Christianity as a whole has been doing. The emphasis has been on getting people to pray a prayer so they won't go to hell. That's been the goal of nearly all "Christian evangelism."
So, what's wrong with that? Don't we want people to be born again so they won't spend eternity in hell? Of course we do. But that's not what the Lord told us to do. He told us to make disciples, and making disciples is the most effective way to evangelise.
Most Christians disconnect right there. They think evangelism is the first step and then discipleship follows. That's why we see mass evangelistic crusades. If there is follow up, it is usually an afterthought that is watered down at best. The real goal has been to get people born again.
But that wasn't Jesus’ method. Jesus reached out to sinners, not just saints (Mark 2:17). He taught them of God's love and demonstrated it through the miracles He performed. He taught sinners how the
God worked, without giving an "altar call."
Jesus had a rich young ruler come to Him and display a passion that would have granted him acceptance into nearly any church today. Yet Jesus said he couldn't receive eternal life without total commitment (Mark 10:17-27). The young ruler went away sad. There was a multitude that believed on Jesus in
Jerusalem, but Jesus wouldn't commit Himself to them, because they weren't ready (John 2:23-25). Others believed on Him, but He told them they wouldn't be free unless they continued in His Word (John 8:31-32).
This offended those who believed on Jesus (John 8:33), just as it offends many "Christians" today to say that simply acknowledging Jesus isn't enough. The Jews who believed on Jesus said they had always been free and were never in bondage to anyone. This is laughable when you consider that the whole Jewish nation was being dominated by the Romans at that time and that each individual was being personally oppressed by sin and the devil (John 8:34). Yet they maintained their "freedom," just as many religious people do today, despite their obvious bondage to sin and the world. Jesus went on to reveal to these "believers" (John 8:31) that they were relying on their nationality and human effort instead of trusting Him.
Jesus then proceeded to say things that offended them even more (John 8:34-43). This culminated in Jesus telling them in John 8:44, "Ye are of your father the devil." What a statement! We need to remember that this was spoken to those who believed on Him (John 8:31). How would this go over today? I don't believe Jesus would last as long now as He did then. Our religious culture would have crucified Him much sooner than three years.
Most "Christians" are so politically correct, trying not to offend, that they avoid any conflict with society's standards. They want people to just pray a prayer and receive Jesus as their Saviour, and then they hope these converts continue on with the Lord. They are out to make converts, not disciples. That's wrong. It's true that Philip ministered to the Ethiopian eunuch, and then the Spirit of the Lord caught him away without an opportunity for Philip to disciple the man (Acts 8:27-39). That does happen, but that was the exception and not the rule. Today it is reversed. All the emphasis is on getting people saved, and then they may or may not be discipled. But if we were to put the emphasis on discipleship, evangelism would be a necessary part of that process.
A friend of mine put this into practice. He knocked on doors, and instead of asking people if they were saved, he asked if they needed any help from the Lord in any area of their lives. People would mention their marriage problems or sicknesses or financial problems, and he would just start teaching them the solution to their problems from the Word of God. Inevitably, they would come to a place where they couldn't comply with the Bible's instructions. That's because the Christian life isn't just hard to live; it's impossible to live in one's own strength. For instance, as my friend instructed this one man about loving his wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25), the man said he couldn't do it. My friend confirmed that was true if he only did it in his own power, but my friend showed him how he could be born again, and then that supernatural love of Jesus would be in him. You can't give what you don't have, so this man needed to receive God's love for him before he could give that love to his wife. This led to his salvation and totally transformed life.
The forgiveness of sins is an indispensable part of discipleship. However, it's not the only goal, and it is not the end. Without intending to do so, the church's method of evangelism has hindered the discipleship of converts. The forgiveness of sins and escaping hell have been the goal of "evangelism." Once people obtain that goal, they lose their motivation to go any further. They got what they wanted. This shows in the low percentage of people who, after professing Christianity, continue to pursue the Lord. If discipleship was the goal, then people would have to be born again to be true disciples, but they wouldn't stop there. They would continue in God's Word until they were free and able to set others free too. They would become powerful witnesses for the Lord, something that is too often missing in those who claim Christianity.
Think of this: If one man made 1,000 converts per year, then after thirty-five years, there would be 35,000 converts. Even though that would be exceptional, that wouldn't even impact one large city. If the same man was to disciple one person every six months, who in turn would do the same, that one person would begin a process of multiplication that would produce over one billion disciples in just fifteen years. I know that sounds impossible, but do the maths – it's a fact. Evangelism through discipleship is much more productive than evangelism alone. This has been on my heart for many years. The Lord instructed me from the beginning of my ministry to teach, not just preach or evangelise. That's why I teach topically in series This is the command the Lord gave not only to me but to all of us:"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:2)
The greatest defence against the devil's lie/deception is the truth. And through discipleship, you are sharing the truth with people all over the world. The Gospel is the greatest weapon in this war." This lit a new fire in me for discipleship. I firmly believe this is what the Lord has raised this ministry up to do. We are to take a lead in making disciples and our most effective way of doing that is through KOJ Discipleship series. This is what I've dedicated the rest of my life to. I'm going to put a new emphasis on discipleship, and I'll organize all the truths the Lord has taught me through Holy Spirit into topics and formats that will facilitate discipleship, Righteousness, Peace and Joy on earth as it is in Heaven.