"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'" Matthew 28:18-20 NASB
Who is a disciple?
We believe that a disciple of Jesus is someone who has chosen to live for Him. Therefore, they strive to follow His teachings, His commandments, and His example in their everyday lives.
What does a disciple do?
Practically, we believe that a disciple of Jesus spends daily time with Him through prayer and the reading of the Bible and strives to do these four things:
GATHER in worship
GROW in Christlikeness by joining a Multiply Group
GIVE generously of time (by serving) and treasure (by giving financially as an act of worship and as a way to support the mission of the church)
GO and multiply followers of Jesus by living out the Great Commission and leading others to believe in Him, accept and follow His teachings, and get baptized.
How do we make disciples?
Jesus gave us clear instructions on how we should make disciples in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8.
First, we are to share the good news of the Gospel (John 3:16). Then, we encourage people to believe in and follow Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior (John 3:16) by repenting of their sin, getting baptized (Acts 2:38), and receiving God’s free gift of grace and forgiveness (Ephesians 2:8-9). Finally, we spend time helping that person grow in Christlikeness by studying God’s Word (the Bible), practicing the discipline of prayer, and encouraging them to make other disciples of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). When we follow and repeat this process, we multiply followers of Jesus!
What does that look like?
This can look many different ways! Maybe you simply do this through a personal relationship you already have within your family, circle of friends, or workplace.
This can also look like leading a Multiply Group of new or not-yet believers. Or perhaps mentoring someone personally.
It doesn't matter what shape it takes, just that we, as believers, are multiplying followers of Jesus.