How Jesus Made Disciples

Posted: September 25, 2012 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

How Jesus Made Disciples.

Jesus final instruction to his followers was “go and make disciples”. Since he didn’t give them a syllabus, a PowerPoint or a lesson guide for 2000 years we’ve been wrestling with the “what” question of disciple making; What does a disciple need to know? We’ve tried catechisms, Sunday School classes and video curriculum to convey the correct information with varying degrees of success. The reality, however, is that Jesus method of making disciples was focused more on relationship and action and less on information and knowledge. The key is the “how” question, How did Jesus make disciples?

  • Jesus spent time observing potential disciples

He spent time interacting with potential disciples in a variety of situations before tapping them for further development

  • Jesus taught discipleship along the way

Rather than classrooms, books and exercises Jesus used birds and lilies and farms to teach discipleship. Discipleship was a natural outgrowth of hanging out together.

  • Jesus put his students into difficult situations

He constantly challenged them to lead beyond their comfort zones.

  • Jesus did not give his students a template to follow, he gave them a mission to complete
  • Jesus treated each disciple as an individual
  • …….
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