As we find articles and resources that talk about Disciple-Making, we are going to collect them and publish them each Friday.
David Platt: Urgency for the Gospel Led to Policy Changes
As the international missions arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, I am convinced that we cannot settle for anything less than a streamlined approach focused on empowering limitless missionary teams to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached people and places for the glory of God. Read More
As we find new articles and resources that talk about Disciple-Making, we are going to collect them and publish them each Friday.
There Needs to Be a Drastic Change... and the Foundation Has to Be God's Word"
"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." Read More
God gave Spurgeon an extraordinary capacity for work and productivity. And yet, despite the ceaseless, crushing demands on his schedule, at 6:00 each evening, setting aside a to-do list that few could match today, he gathered his wife, twin boys, and all others present in his home at the time for family worship.
After his death, his wife Susannah wrote this glimpse into their lives together with their twin boys, both of whom became pastors:
After the meal was over, an adjournment was made to the study for family worship, and it was at these seasons that my beloved’s prayers were remarkable for their tender childlikeness, their spiritual pathos, and their intense devotion. He seemed to come as near to God as a little child to a loving father, and we were often moved to tears as he talked thus face to face with his Lord. Read More
What gets in our way when it comes to the church’s mission to make disciples? Let’s look at the things we do at church and they way we spend our time as pastors:
Preparing a sermon or teaching message in a given week without spending time in disciple-making relationships.
Spending time meeting with staff and church leaders in a given week in lieu of spending time in personal disciple-making relationships.
Before Jesus left the Earth, what was His final command? Read More
Platt said the changes are intended to be reproducible through the IMB's national partners around the world: making disciples among unreached people and seeing churches established, then seeing those churches, in turn, send Christians to unreached people, training them and supporting them as they engage the world with the Gospel.
"We want to fuel movement like this all over the world!" Platt said. "But let me be clear. Strategy and structure are not the ultimate answer to seeing Christians and churches engaging unreached people with the Gospel.... What that means is that more than we need a streamlined strategy or a simplified structure, we need the power of God to do what only He can do.
"This is why I am calling everyone across our IMB family -- from trustees to personnel or otherwise -- to fast and pray, because only God can do this work.... Let's get down on our knees, then get up from our knees and do whatever it takes, no matter what that means, to set the sails for God to empower limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached people for the glory of His name." Read More
K. Allan Blume:
Brainerd Baptist Church gives their congregation a definition of discipleship. “Disciple making is intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to replicate faithful followers of Jesus Christ.”
“Discipleship without reproduction is not biblical discipleship,” Gallaty added.
Groups like Sunday School classes, Bible study groups and home fellowship groups have a role in the church. But if they are not reproducing, they are not biblical, he said. “How many generations of groups have you seen replicated in your church? How many groups who have invested in groups, who have invested in groups, who are replicating the process?” Read More