Matthew 28:18-20 has been called by some, “Jesus’ Marching Orders.” It is Matthew’s account of the great commission. It is clear from this text that Jesus wants us to be “making disciples.” Are we doing that?
This question has been prompted in my mind by an article I recently read in Wineskins Magazine. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to read it. You can click here to go directly to the article by Wade Hodges. It is titled “Unintentional Nondiscipleship.” His basic argument is that the bad news is we are not making disciples (generally speaking) but the good news is we’re not really trying. Be forewarned about this article and this BLOG. Neither of us have the answers, just some thought provoking questions.
It has really made me think about our own situation at Creekside. We are a very loving, open minded fellowship of Christ-followers. We don’t focus on the issues that take our mind off of Jesus as the center. We trying to reach out to the community in loving ways. Our leadership is shepherding. Our people are forgiving and willing to look at others through the eyes of Jesus. We have developed as a theme, “Love God, Love Others, and Serve.” Please don’t hear me saying we are the perfect church. We have much to improve, but it really is a loving group of people and I feel very blessed being where I am. I’m not even insinuating that we are not making disciples. It’s just his article has brought the question to the front of my mind.
I think that part of this question in my mind stems from a lack of real understanding of what a disciple is. We seem to answer the question, “Who is a disciple?” in very generic terms like “Christian,” “follower of Christ,” or “one who does what Jesus said to do.” Those answers are all technically correct, but they seem to fall short of specifics.
If we are making disciples, then what are we making and how are they making a difference in this world? What is your church family doing to make disciples in your communities? Am I asking the wrong question? Is this answerable?