Three Foundational Passages for Making Disciples

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 20th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I signed up for a community college course on creative writing forty years ago. On the first night of class, after everyone had introduced himself or herself, the instructor started class with this sage advice, “Try to imagine talking about the same subject every single day for the next two years. If the idea still excites you, then you have found your subject.” Developing disciples for Jesus Christ is one of those subjects for me.

If Heaven is the Ultimate Goal of the Gospel

If you teach or preach that heaven is the ultimate goal of receiving Jesus Christ as one’s personal Lord and Savior and nothing more, you are teaching or preaching personal salvation as a personal fire insurance plan, you can stop reading right bow and go on to reading something else. If you teach heaven as being the ultimate goal of salvation, then making disciples for Jesus becomes nothing more than an option for the believer, making disciples becomes optional. In the reality of God’s Word, discipleship is not an optional choice, it is the mission God places before every born again believer. In Matthew 28:16-20 (AKJV), we read “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Finding someone to disciple is easy because anyone who truly believes in Jesus Christ and who is willing to worship Him as the Lord of their lives is a candidate for discipleship, even doubts does not disqualify a believer from becoming a disciple. Every born again Christian will experience emptiness in their heart until they become a true disciple of Christ, until they make others disciples for Christ.

Jesus considers us His Partners

Jesus never consider His original eleven faithful disciples to be His only disciples, He expected them to “reproduce,” making other disciples for Him as they went about spreading the Good News of the Gospel. Just as Jesus expected His original eleven disciples to make more disciples, He expects the same of us today. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:29 (AKJV)“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

It is better than we think

daughter of God the Father who has placed the spirit of adoption in our hearts. When you first heard the Good News and accepted Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, how many of you suspected that God the Father had a better destination in mind than heaven and eternal life? I will confess that I never suspected that something better than heaven and eternal life awaited me. here is what Jesus had to say about that in Matthew 11:25-30 (AKJV) “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus Leads the Way

Jesus, like the Rangers, leads the way. If your journey to Christlikeness seems arduous and unobtainable, Jesus offers Himself to be our guide and instructs us in the kind of life we will experience from being with God the Father moment-by-moment. Jesus instruct us in all the things we need to know while showing us the way to go, all while giving us peace and rest. No university, college, or seminary can beat that combination of knowledge, peace, and rest. The bottom line is that in order to enjoy all those things we have to be true disciple of Christ, and we have to disciple other believers

Are you just a believer with a fire insurance policy, or are you a true disciple of Jesus Christ? Are you just a disciple of Christ, or are you actively making new disciples from Christ? Have you talked to someone about the joy of being a disciple of Christ today?

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Christlikeness, Disciples, Disciples Of Christ, Discipleship, Jesus As Personal Savior, Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ Is The Only Begotten Son, Jesus The Christ, Jesus The Saviour, Making Disciples

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author avatar Jerry Walch
Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Feb 2014 (#)

This is definitely the subject I love best ...
The Good News beats every other topic for me ..
God bless you Jerry .
Have a blessed week .
Stella <><

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella.
You have a blessed week, too.
Jerry :-))

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author avatar spirited
21st Feb 2014 (#)

“Try to imagine talking about the same subject every single day for the next two years. If the idea still excites you, then you have found your subject.”

perhaps I am the same Jerry, only this subject seems to excite me too.

I can see the excitement in your writing, sometimes you try to get the words down too quickly like I do I feel.

"If the your journey to Christlikeness see arduous"

this line seems to have a typo, or two in it.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Feb 2014 (#)

yes it does I'm afraid. Spell checkers do have their limitations as does my proof reading it would seem :-((

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Made the corrections. Thanks for pointing them out Spirited.

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author avatar spirited
21st Feb 2014 (#)

That's all right, Jerry sometimes I am not sure whether to point out typos or not, sometimes people appreciate it, at other times they seem not to at all.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Yeah, I know what you mean, Spirited. I often find myself facing the same quandary.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Beautiful post Jerry and great writing!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Nice, inspirational post, Jerry. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you for reading and for commenting, Connie.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks ~ Jerry ~ for this great article. YES ~ reading, teaching, living, and sharing Scripture all bring me much joy and excitement. Richest Blessings to you!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Helen for reading and for the positive comments.
Blessing upon you too!

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