Disciples Are Not Made In the Sanctuary
That is right! I know what I typed. If all you ever go to is a worship service it will be virtually impossible to live the life of a disciple of Jesus who is actively making other disciples. Jesus did not make disciples in large crowds. He did not choose 120 or 1,200, but 12 that He intentionally invested his life and time into. Let’s look at the model He set for us. I have seen it presented like a triangle.
Jesus modeled discipleship that involved three necessary relationships:
· with His Father (UP)
· with his small group of disciples (IN)
· with the hurting and lost world
1. UP:Jesus made it a habit to pray to His Father regularly. In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. – Luke 6:12. Jesus was in constant contact with His Father. We are called to personally abide in Christ. We should be spending personal time in prayer and the Word.
2. IN:After time with God and in prayer, Jesus would routinely and immediately call His small group together. (Luke 6:13-16) Jesus had a purpose in doing this according to Mark 3:14; it was to equip them to go out and make other disciples. We are called to spend quality time with other believers in small group community. This is not just to learn and study the Bible, but to do life together in the power of the gospel. They were to teach, care, pray, confess to, one another. Disciple one another. We need small group community.
3. OUT:Jesus never forgot the overall mission to reach the lost. His mission was to “seek and save that which was lost.” Jesus knew that He needed time with His Father, He knew He need time in small group community, AND He knew He was called out as well.
Church, true disciples need all of these relationships as well. If you want to know how to develop any one of these please email Pastor Erik Wilkins, Next Steps Pastor, at email@example.com.