Disciplemaking Starts with Non-Disciples

Often when I ask Christians if they know anyone that needs to be discipled they think of a new Christian. Somehow in America we have adopted the idea that “discipleship” is for new believers. The idea is often associated with “follow-up” of new Christians.

However, when Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” He wasn’t telling His closest followers to go find new followers and help them become better followers. He was telling them to go after those who were not yet His followers. He was telling them to be “fishers of men.”

If we are going to see movements of transformation it will only happen as we make disciples of non-disciples!

How do you make a disciple? You go to somebody who isn’t one. You win them to Jesus Christ and you teach them all things “whatsoever I have commanded.” You build them in the Word. That’s the job all of us have.
– Dr. John MacArthur

Any thoughts?


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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  1. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    This is a sharp insight and corrective. There has always been something that nags me when I have a more experienced Christian coming to me as a pastor and saying, “hey, if there are any new Christians in the church that need help I’d love to disciple them.” It sounds spiritual but in fact all it does is burden me to create some sort of artificial connection between new believers and lazy Christians. Thanks for the insight.

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