Go, Make Disciples
On this week's episode of Spark Influence, Peter and Misty Phillip talk about the great commandment to all believers to make disciples of all believers. As the world becomes darker, we may have the inclination to recoil back from the world and circle our wagons in a safe Christian bubble. But Jesus calls us to go to go into the world and make disciples.
We are co-labors in the gospel living on mission for God. Your home, office, community, and work place is where we make disciples.
18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inb the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” - Proverbs 27:17 ESV
Our pastor just asked our congregation these questions, and we'd like to pose these questions to you.
- Who is becoming more like Jesus because you are investing in them?
- When I stand before, the Lord will I be happy with what I have to present to him?
He defined discipleship a developmental process whereby believers intentionally pass on to others what they know, have experienced and are learning so that others become more like Jesus. Who are you discipling today my friends?
There are many ways to nurture and grow our faith, including:
- Reading and studying the Bible: This is the foundation of our faith and the primary way we learn about God's character and will for our lives.
- Praying: Talking to God and listening for His guidance is an essential part of nurturing our faith.
- Worshiping: Joining with other believers in worship helps us to focus on God and to remember that we are not alone in our faith journey.
- Serving others: Putting our faith into action through acts of service is a powerful way to grow in our faith and to make a difference in the world around us.
- Surrounding ourselves with other believers: Being in community with other Christians helps us to be accountable, to encourage each other, and to learn from one another.
- Practicing spiritual disciplines such as fasting, meditation, and journaling: These practices can help us to deepen our relationship with God and to focus on spiritual growth.
Being consistent and persistent: Growing in faith is not an overnight process it takes time and effort, but consistency and persistence in our faith practices will help us to see progress in our faith journey.
It's important to remember that nurturing our faith is an ongoing process and that it will look different for each person. The most important thing is to be intentional about seeking God and growing in our relationship with Him.
The Pilgrim's Progress is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. The work is a symbolic vision of the good man’s pilgrimage through life. At one time second only to the Bib le in popularity, The Pilgrim’s Progress is the most famous allegory on the Christian life.