There are 3 phenomena the world has never seen:
- The Abominable Snowman,
- Bigfoot, and
- A Carnal Christian.
These things are either made up or a complete contradiction in terms.
One way to identify so-called Carnal Christians, which are not Christian at all, in your congregation is through discipling relationships. A person can hide in a large worship gathering or even a life group class, but it’s nearly impossible to put up a spiritual façade in a D-group. Over the past few years of leading discipleship groups, I have uncovered this surprising benefit of identifying phonies in the faith.
It’s difficult to diagnose a person’s salvation by personal admission or appearance alone. Sadly, some people are blinded to the fact that they are blind, which is why when people ask me, “Is my son or daughter a Christian?” my response is always the same: “I don’t know. Time will tell.”
Paul encouraged the church to “examine themselves to see if they were in the faith.” A platform for performing spiritual surgery is a D-group. Over the past decade of discipling men, I have witnessed two people who thought they were saved at the onset of the group surrender their lives to Christ weeks into the group. Both men were held accountable to read, study, journal, and memorize the Word of God, probably for the first time in a long time. As a result, they understood the enormity of their sins and realized their need for a Savior.
It was six weeks into our group when one of the men said, “I have been reading about Jesus for a few weeks now and realized I don’t even know Him. I thought I knew, but I don’t. What do I do now?” I responded, “Repent and put your faith in Christ now.”
One of the greatest evangelistic strategies we can employ is an emphasis on discipleship. When a person falls in love with Jesus, they can’t help but share Him with others. They begin to tell anyone and everyone who will listen about Him. Remember when you first got saved? You did the same thing. Sadly, over time we can become institutionalized and domesticated in the church.
We can lose the passion we once had. One man I invested in a few years ago said, “Discipleship was like a second salvation for me. I know you are only saved once, but I felt like I was born again.” The D-group forces people to take an introspective look at their lives, some for the first time.
What are some other avenues that discipleship can be used for evangelism?
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