on discipleship

October 17, 2008

DISCIPLESHIP AND CHURCH GROWTH

DISCIPLESHIP AND CHURCH GROWTH

In every Victory church you would see 4 common words plastered in our walls.

HONOR GOD, MAKE DISCIPLES.

This is who we are, this is why we exist. Honor God and make disciples. God has called His church to make disciples. In his last words to the church, He says,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18
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, Matthew 28:19
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 28:20

How do I make disciples? Let me propose 8 steps based on the book Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman. I took the liberty of changing some of the terms that he cited in his book.

1st step: Select FEW PASSIONATE people.

Jesus selected a group of unschooled, poor and ordinary people from Galilee as his team. Of the 12 only Judas Iscariot was considered to be well off.

Jesus never selected people because of their credentials. He looks at the heart. Would the people I will train and build with PASSIONATE people. I don’t care if he speaks BAD English – I want a good heart. You can teach skills but you can never teach HEART!

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

Ordinary men with BIG HEARTS: Jesus can use anyone who wants to be USED!

When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Luke 6:13

If He was to save the world why did He concentrated on the few?

Jesus was not trying to impress the crowds, He was ushering a kingdom. He needed people to lead the multitudes.

Pastor Ferdie, senior pastor of our Ortigas church, often says “Victory is never won by the multitudes”

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