Following Jesus is the greatest joy in life. Discipleship is all about following Jesus. Disciplemaking is all about helping others to follow Jesus — and helping others to help others to follow Jesus. Discipleship and Disciplemaking go hand in hand.
A disciple of Jesus is a reflection of God in the world. When Jesus talked about discipleship, it was an all-in kind of thing.
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple.
I still remember the feelings of anticipation as we waited in the fairly short line to go on the ride. You could actually look down inside to see people spinning before it was your turn to go on the ride. Often I hoped as I waited that no one got sick and threw up before we got in. Of course, I also hoped that I wouldn’t throw up when it was my turn to go in. (Fortunately, I never did.)
Do you dream of the future? Do you picture a reality that’s different than what you experience today? I’ve been dreaming lately of a different future for the Church. A future that I believe is based on the mission of Jesus.
The focus of our energy at Missional Challenge is to advance missional movements globally.
Believe it or not, there’s a lot of similarities between making disciples and taking a hot yoga class!
Have you stopped to take current measurements as you start the new year? This is an incredibly important and valuable thing to do.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives His disciples His prime directive:
This isn’t a surprise. In many churches, baptizing is reserved for the clergy. However, nowhere in the New Testament do we see instructions or restrictions that limit who can baptize.