Top 5 Reasons to Disciple
BY RON STOHLER, PASTOR - ADULT MINISTRIES
5. When you disciple one, your priorities change. There’s something extremely focusing about pouring your attention into one person. It not only builds them up, but it also reminds you that there is no greater investment. I have this vision that when I see Jesus face-to-face and he says, “Well done good and faithful servant,” that he is looking my shoulder and seeing who I discipled over the years of my short life on earth. That vision has shifted my priorities invest in fruit that will last into eternity.
4. When you disciple one, you grow as well. From our research, the group growing the most at Grace Church are those discipling others. At first glance, this doesn’t make sense. You would think it’s those being discipled. But when you delve deeper, it makes complete sense. As you call another person as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:1 to “follow my example as I follow the example of Christ,” you take your own walk with Christ more seriously when you also practice the ways of Jesus.
3. When you disciple one, you multiply your life. Math was never my thing. Ask Mr. Hornberger, my seventh grade teacher. But one thing I do know is that you get to higher numbers through multiplication faster than through addition. When you invest your life into another, you multiply your life. It’s not just about discipling one. It’s about discipling one who disciples one who disciples one who disciples one. That’s multiplication. “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. Buts its death will produce many new kernels – a plentiful harvest of new lives.” John 12: 24
2. When you disciple one, you can change the world. Really. Jesus chose a common fisherman named Peter and cast a vision that he could be a fisher of men. Even though Peter denied Jesus, Jesus did not give up on him. Today we know Peter as the one Jesus said he would build his church upon. When Jesus discipled Peter, Peter changed the world. Friend, that same pattern is true for you. You may think you are just an ordinary parent, student, teacher, or businessperson. But, Jesus sees a world-changer in you.
1. When you disciple one, Jesus gets the credit. Discipling another is not about you. It’s all about Jesus. He gets the glory, because he is the one who does the transformation in another’s life. All you need to do is be obedient and follow him. You’re not doing it alone. “And this is the secret: Christ lives in you.” Colossians 1:27a.
Watch this video of Dave Rod’ sharing why we at Grace Church we launched the Way of Discipleship five years ago or take the online training at gracechurch.us/discipleship.
For those of who already discipling, why do you do it? Share us your thoughts through Twitter @GraceChurchIN #thewayofdiscipleship.