Discipleship without Replication is not Discipleship

Discipleship without Replication is not Discipleship


Jesus commanded us to make Disciples not Converts. He didn’t even call us to make Christians (used 3 times in the Bible). He summoned disciples (238 in the Gospels and 269 in the New Testament). For more information on this topic check out: What is Discipleship? 

Making Disciples requires both Being and Doing. Who you are in Christ is as important as What you do for Christ.

The Discipleship process is not complete until the Mentee becomes a Mentor. (Click to Tweet)

The one being discipled must replicate the process with others.
How else will the mission of Christ and the message of the gospel continue?

When Jesus called his disciples, he chose these words, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). 

He didn’t say, “Follow me, and I will make you Wise,”

He said, “Follow me and I will make you to Catch Men.”

In this verse, we uncover a 3-Fold Strategy:  

1. A Disciple Follows Jesus
2. A Disciple is Changed by Jesus
3. A Disciple Impacts other for Jesus

The Christian life is not just about you. Jesus never envisioned for you to come and sit, but to go and serve.
The Gospel came to You because it was Heading to Someone else. (Click to Tweet) 

From the start, Jesus implanted the seed of multiplication within the hearts of the Disciples. Shouldn’t we?

Lay out expectations of replication at the outset of your discipleship group. Don’t wait until the end to challenge them to reproduce.

Are you making disciples who make disciples?


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Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (2013), Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ (2015), Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work (2015), Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers (2015) The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi (2017), and Bearing Fruit: What Happens When God’s People Grow (2017).