“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
It has become common to describe American Evangelicalism as “easy believism.” This phrase points to the often thin and nebulous beliefs of today’s Evangelicals. Many of those who claim Christianity in America have little knowledge of biblical teaching and frequently live out of step with a biblical worldview. And yet, Christ has commissioned all Christians everywhere to be about the task of making disciples!
Discipleship is everything a Christian does as he/she follows Christ, and Discipling is a Christian’s active and intentional effort to help other people follow Christ too. This is the stuff of ordinary Christianity, and there are incredible benefits to discipling. However, this basic function of the Christian life is often avoided, misunderstood, and/or unhelpfully systematized among many local churches.
Healthy Churches expect the membership to be intentionally discipling one another. It is Christ’s clear command, and this is the relationship and process by which God grows us up in Christ.
May God help us to be and to make disciples.