Why make disciples?

The Great Commission is a commandment by Jesus Christ to his followers to go out into all the nations and make disciples. As believers in Jesus who have known the love of the Father, we are called to reach those who are far from God with the Gospel so they too can learn from Him and know the freedom of being a child of God.

What is at the core of discipleship? Jesus’ teaching

To be a disciple of Jesus means to be his apprentice. While many people are attracted to the teachings of Jesus, to imitate Jesus and follow in his footsteps can be deeply challenging.

Jesus Said In Red studies lead us to contemplate Jesus’ life on earth, 2000 years ago by getting inside the Gospel story. The studies have been designed that allow you to slow down, to reflect and observe how Jesus lived and what He said.  It’s a way of immersing yourself and others in the words of Jesus.

Among other topics, our Jesus Said In Red studies look at what Jesus said on:

  • Prayer
  • Mercy and forgiveness
  • Money and possessions
  • Truth
  • Fear and worry
  • The end of the age
  • Superficial spirituality

As we follow Jesus by responding to his words, we see truth and love converging in the experience and practice of faith.

Reaching others

To follow Jesus is a call to live outside our comfort zone. In Matthew 4:19 (NIV) we read Jesus invitation to some of his first followers, the apostles Peter and Andrew:

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Jesus makes it clear that to be a disciple requires becoming a disciple-maker and often requires being sent to unreached people as he instructs in the Great Commission:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

At the end of his ministry, these instructions by Jesus indicate the heart of God which is seeking an absolute commitment to reaching those who have not yet heard of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.