DISCIPLESHIP: A PRIMARY GOAL OF YOUR CHURCH

A major concern for the church is its lack of focus and passion for discipleship.

And yet, this ought to be the primary goal of every church!

Why?

Because Jesus commanded His disciples to, “Go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19).

In Ephesians 4:12, Paul explains the role of the church is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” Throughout the pages of Scripture, we see organic terms used when describing spiritual formation. For instance, Jesus gave His followers the command to “bear fruit” (Jn. 15:1-16). Paul paints the picture of spiritual growth by using agricultural terms like, “planting” and “watering” (1 Cor. 3:6), and “sowing” and “reaping” (2 Cor. 9:6).

The case is clear that the “church” is called to organically develop and grow other members within the body of Christ. But disciple-making doesn’t just happen. It’s an intentional process that takes a relational and spiritual commitment to provide the necessary elements that will both prosper the individual, as well as the body of Christ.

Paul puts it like this, “We are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Eph. 4:15-16).

Thus, the missional goal of the church is disciple-making. Something our Savior masterfully demonstrated among the ministry to His disciples and left as an edict for His church to foster until He returns.

 

Website article: Grow a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church

Book: Grow: Reproducing through Organic Discipleship