Updated: Jun 6
Introduction: As we read in the scriptures, Jesus gave a command to his first disciples, a command that must be observed even today because we continue the work of disciples. It is disheartening that instead of fulfilling the Lord's command, we often find ourselves distracted. God has not mandated us to merely open churches, but rather to spread His word. This command is not limited to bishops, pastors, or evangelists, but is given to every believer, including you and me. Though the mission is to make disciples, one does not automatically become a disciple. There are steps to follow; it is a process, a journey to become a true disciple of Jesus. Not everyone who claims to be a disciple truly is. Genuine discipleship requires following certain steps. Churches should be centers of spiritual transformation, heavenly schools where the focus is not solely on how much is given, but on how many souls are won for Christ. As leaders, we should be more concerned about the number of souls won for Christ.
HOW DO WE BECOME DISCIPLES? Step 1: Study the Bible Studying the Bible goes beyond simply reading it. It entails seeking to understand the deeper meaning and how it applies to our lives. John 8:31-32 emphasizes the importance of committing to studying the Bible to know the truth.
Step 2: Practice What You Have Learned James 1:22 urges us to be doers of the word, not merely hearers. It is not enough to gain knowledge; we must apply it in our daily lives. Romans 2:13 emphasizes that those who practice the law will be justified, not just those who hear it.
Step 3: Church Gathering Acts 2:42 highlights the importance of fellowship and gathering in the church. It is not just about staying at home and praying individually; coming together as a church community is essential for learning, sharing, and supporting one another. Hebrews 10:25 emphasizes the significance of not forsaking the assembly of believers.
Step 4: Love and Togetherness John 3:16 teaches us the importance of love and unity in the body of Christ. We are called to love one another and live in harmony, exemplifying the love of God.
Step 5: Being Filled by the Holy Spirit Acts 2:4 emphasizes the need to be filled by the Holy Spirit. Being filled allows the Holy Spirit to lead, teach, and remind us of God's truth. This is distinct from speaking in tongues, which is also important but not the sole indicator of being filled.
Step 6: Going and Preaching, Being Sent Matthew 28:19 encourages us to go and preach, but we should not rush into this task without first becoming good disciples ourselves. God has saved and called us for ministry, but we need to be prepared and equipped with the knowledge of what to say and how to say it. I appeal to all of you, brothers and sisters, to focus on becoming good disciples of Jesus. May God bless you in your journey of discipleship.