Christian Discipleship: 7 Great Tips
by Daryl Evans
Shortly before Jesus left this earth to return to heaven he had some final words to give to His disciples. Matthew 28:18-20 is often called the Great Commission passage and it says, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This is called the great commission because it is like the final marching orders given to the followers of Jesus. You probably have heard this passage preached on many times. Often at missionary services where there is the call to “Go.” However, that is not a correct understanding of the passage. The emphasis is not on the “going” but rather on “making disciples.” It is beyond the scope of this article to look at the Greek wording and dissect these verses but the emphasis in these verses is the main verb that is translated “make disciples.” That is the driving thought in these words. Jesus was telling his followers “as they go along in life they are to MAKE DISCIPLES by baptizing and teaching others to obey.” This is what discipleship is all about.
Every one of us is to be involved in discipleship if we are followers of Jesus Christ. This is not just for those with the spiritual gift of teaching or evangelism. This is for all of us. Just remember that disciples are made not born. So how do we make disciples? Much of the New Testament is written to explain discipleship and in this article I will give 7 tips on discipleship. These are in no particular order and are not an exhaustive list but the 7 tips discussed below are essential to true discipleship…
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