What is a disciple of Christ?
A disciple is a lover, learner, and follower of Jesus Christ, who chooses to be changed by their relationship with Jesus. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
What is a disciple-maker?
A disciple-maker is a follower of Christ “who is constantly changing as a result of their relationship with Jesus and journeys with others with the intentional Spirit-led purpose of helping them be changed by their relationship with Jesus too.” (Ordinary Discipleship by Jessie Cruickshank)
Disciple-making involves the connecting of hearts, minds, and lives with another person for the purpose of transferring to them what the Spirit of God has done in you (osmosis, caught more than taught). Disciple-making is not just learning new information; it is transforming the entire person into Christ’s likeness (head, heart, hand). Colossians 1:28-29 – “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” Disciple-making is entering into relationships to help people trust and follow Jesus (Matt. 28:18–20), which includes the whole process from conversion through maturation and multiplication. We start by making disciples in J3s or DNA Groups (3 people plus Jesus), MKFs. Matthew 18:20.
Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All the authority of the universe has been given to me. Now go in my authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.”Matthew 28:18-20 (TPT)
Study Notes by Dr. Tim Johns
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