The Lord Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and MAKE DISCIPLES of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
A disciple of Jesus is a person who LOVES the Lord, LEFT ALL for Him, LEARNS from Him, is LED by Him, becomes LIKE Him, and LEADS others to Him!
A lover and follower of Jesus will seek to become and to be a true disciple of Jesus. A true disciple of Jesus will also become and be a disciple-maker, because Jesus is a disciple-maker… Only true disciples can be true disciple-makers! Disciple-makers who are not true disciples of Jesus will mess things up and will NOT be able to build God’s kingdom in the health fields of the world!
Floyd McClung was much used by the Lord in making disciples across the world, especially through his involvement (initially) in the ministry of YWAM. In his book, “You see Bones, I see an Army,” he says: “Making disciples is not telling other people what to do, nor is it a rigid set of rules and practices for spiritual growth… it is helping another person to know, love and obey Jesus.” This is simply and truly stated!
He also said that disciple-making “is looking for those God has selected for us to disciple, and passing on what God has deposited in our lives,” it means “intentionally identifying with God’s interests in that person’s life.” The focus in disciple-making is not on what WE are doing, but on discerning what GOD is doing in that person’s life, and then seeking to work with Him, in relationship with Him and the other person.
Most of the above-mentioned is quoted from the “Arise + Build” workbook for HCF-India, available here.
Other material that can be a great help in discipleship and disciple-making are the following, from the “Resources”:
- The “All for Jesus always” Biblestudies through the whole Bible in 1 year.
- Serving God in the health field – Group Study – 2019
- Discovery Bible study Group Questions
- Growing an Integral Disciple-making Ministry – 2019
- Growing as Disciple Makers – 2019
- Secrets of Success – for students and health professionals 2020
- Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – by Donald S. Whitney
- The New Life – Andrew Murray
- Enjoying Intimacy with God – J Oswald Sanders
- Living as Jesus lived – by Zac Poonen
- The Godly Man’s Picture – Thomas Watson
- Lies Women Believe and the Truth that sets them Free – Nancy Leigh DeMoss
- The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer