As we find new articles and resources that talk about Disciple-Making, we are going to collect them and publish them each Friday.
“The first button of discipleship is discipling your own children,” Park said. “Before discipling the children of others, one must disciple his or her own children first. We can’t just rely on Sunday school. And a teaching that is not shown in a parent’s lifestyle will probably not be effective — we must be parents that are respected by our children.”
It has become normal for Christians to simply fulfill aspects of the Great Commission that keep them comfortable. Thus, the church has transitioned from being evangelistically active to being complacent with a revised Great Commission to suit their contentment. We have seen a church that acts upon the Great Commission which commands us to receive Christ and be baptized ourselves, to the complacency of simply listening to a sermon on a Sunday morning. The stark reality of our culture is that the church is in real danger of ignoring the Great Commission.
If you walk into any Christian church in the world and ask believers what the Great Commission is, this is the verse they would recite. However, there is a big difference between knowing and doing.
One reason the church has been in a discipleship coma for 400 years may be the translation of one word. The original translators of the King James version of the Bible rendered the Greek word for “make disciples” as “teach.” Matthew 28:19 in the King James version reads, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…”
Many diligent believers through the centuries have read this word and merely taught people about salvation — sharing the Gospel and leading them to a decision for Christ. This is important and admirable and certainly a start, but it is not the end. More is required to make a disciple of Jesus Christ. After a person moves from death to life, the real work begins. Making disciples requires equipping, training and investing in believers.