What is a disciple? A Disciple is a committed follower of Jesus Christ. One who has come to Jesus Christ for salvation from sin, has claimed Jesus as Savior and Lord, and has embarked upon a life of following Jesus in every aspect and area of life.
Jesus chose to use regular people as His followers, His disciples. They were the ones tasked to carry the message of salvation to all peoples of the world. He included this as a command in His last words before His ascension to heaven: “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” (Matthew 28:18-20). Making disciples begins with me.
Making disciples is important because it is God’s chosen method of spreading the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. During His public ministry, Jesus spent more than three years making disciples, teaching and training His chosen twelve. He gave them many convincing proofs that He was the Son of God, the promised Messiah and they believed in Him. He spoke to the crowds, but often He drew the disciples aside privately to teach them the meaning of His parables and miracles. He sent them out on ministry assignments.
He also taught them that soon He would be returning to His Father following His death and resurrection. When he did He made the disciples this promise: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
Discipleship is becoming like Jesus in every area of our lives. It begins in my home, in my closest relationships, in the moment to moment circumstances of life. Discipleship is a way of life. That life begins in relationship with Jesus and moves into all areas of our lives.
It is because of our deepest desire to follow the command of Jesus Christ that First Christian Church will strive in the next five years to:
1. Provide intentional discipleship training for new members and existing members alike.
2. Have ongoing New Membership Orientation Classes