Last week I started looking at some foundational truths that those who make disciples should have at the forefront of their minds. Today we will look at the role of a disciplemaker as a teacher. In the great commission, Jesus’ mandate is to “make disciples.” Disciplemaking involves both inviting people to come to faith in Jesus and once they come into relationship with Him, investing in them. At Replicate, we define disciplemaking as intentionally entering into someone’s life to help them know and follow Jesus (evangelism) and to teach them to obey His commands (discipleship). The role of teaching is highlighted in these familiar passages that relate to disciplemaking: Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, CSB) We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me. (Colossians 1:28-29, CSB) You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:1-2, CSB)
The Disciplemaker as a Teacher
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