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David Platt explains in this short video, Why We Must Be Disciples First, that he sees a direct connection between being a disciple and making disciples. While that seems self-explanatory, he notes that the lack of disciple-making he sees is likely a result of many people who claim to be believers, but who are not truly disciples of Christ. In order to make disciples, we must be growing spiritually and aligning our hearts with God’s.
Have you ever felt that you weren’t good enough to disciple others? The good news that this article reminds us of is that Jesus Chooses and Uses Failures. As you read this, you will see that even Simon Peter failed, but Christ prayed for his repentance and re-invited him to be a follower and disciple-maker. We must remember that Christ has forgiven all of our failures, and freed us from our past shame so that we may follow and serve him.
What Is Discipleship and How Is it Done? That is the question that John Piper addresses in this short podcast recording. He notes that there are a couple of ways to understand the term “discipleship,” and then explains, in broad terms, what discipleship looks like and how to go about it. Much like John Piper, Erin explains in the article I’m Not Being Discipled, What Should I Do? that discipleship is not as specific as one mature Christian helping another believer through their faith journey. Rather, discipleship is the process of coming to know and becoming more like Christ as we learn from God’s word and other believers.
When Mentoring Exposes Your Idol of Being Needed is an article for to those doing one-on-one discipleship. As the author explains, it is sometimes possible to rely too much on the relationship for one’s worth, to the point where one might try to be the decision-maker and saviour in another person’s life. She gives a list of warning signs to look for in our own relationships, and then suggests practical boundaries that can be put in place to prevent this reliance.
Investing in the lives of others to make disciples is not easy. Seven Costs of Disciple-Making are listed in this article, though there are certainly more. It is important to consider these costs before devoting our resources and capacities to the task of discipleship. However, we must also consider the blessing and reward of seeing others live their lives for Christ.
Although the title of this article is specific to women, Making Disciples of Women in a Post-Christian World provides a useful perspective for all discipleship. The message that we should take away from this is that we must be willing to feel weak and vulnerable in a much deeper way than our society is often comfortable with. It is only in our weakness that we realize our need for Jesus, who will work through us to make a difference in others’ lives.
Hearing the Music of the Gospel uses the illustration of dancing without music to explain how believers often approach the Bible. We look for life instructions, and ignore the gospel context and understanding behind those instructions, thus our actions lose meaning. This booklet reminds us that we must continue to apply the gospel to our lives all the time, and that we must remind those we are discipling to do the same.
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