18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Our group gathered together and explored what Matthew 28 reveals as our directive as members of the Church. The question asked of each one of us was: “how are we discipling in each of our spheres of influence.“
Christian Church growth depends on multiplying our faith. We can pray with our patients, we can use the talents God has given us to glorify Him, and even participate in mission trips to share the Gospel. But, are we discipling?
Each of us by virtue of our God-given station in life have intrinsic opportunity to shepherd others in our faith and pour into another. We can meet every other week with a less mature person in our faith and mentor our faith by reading a Christian book, studying the Bible together and sharing lessons learned in our Christian walk. We are aiding in that person’s sanctification process with the hope they will do the same for others. We are blessed when we bless another in that process. The multiplying effect is evident: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 ….
As we unpacked that directive we looked at the life of Jesus and the 11 disciples (Judas removed) discussing the techniques Jesus used to teach the disciples, eventually giving them their own discipleship opportunities. This led to building the early church which continues to grow as the Body of Christ today.