Discipleship, the provision that has been given.

disciplesOne of the greatest hindrances to discipleship and disciple making in the local church is this idea that “I can’t make disciples’. Why is it when we say “Discipleship” the first thing that people think is “Bible Study” Do not misunderstand me, bible study is a integral part of discipleship and part of following Jesus is certainly learning God’s Word and teaching others God’s Word. However, discipleship is not simply a 13 week bible study with a catchy name representing the latest and hottest book that is on the market. It is because of this understanding that many people feel they unable to be a disciple maker, mainly because of their unwillingness or simple inability to teach a bible study. Although I am not ready to sign off on the premise that they are unable to teach or lead in this manner. I do understand that not everyone is going to set out in that venue due to a sense of inability or perhaps even a conviction that they are not called to do so. However, EVERYONE is called to make disciples! Can I ask a question? Would God call us or command us to do something that He had also not equipped us to do? Of course the answer is a resounding NO. IN Acts 1:8 Jesus states very clearly the enabling catalyst that empowers and equips us to make disciples. It is clearly the power and person of the Holy Spirit of God. He is the real ‘Disciple Maker’ working through us to reach the Nations. I have a man in my church who served our country during the Vietnam war. He was a Green Beret, one of our nations most elite and best trained soldiers. His service to our country took him to not only a very remote part of the world away from friend and family, but it eventually took him to a North Vietnamese prison of war camp. He prevailed not only due to a deep faith and sense of Gods care and provision, but also because he had been trained as the best, by the best to do accomplish that which the ordinary citizen would be unable to do. Our nation did not send him into the Central Highlands of Vietnam to face a ruthless and cunning enemy without first enabling and training him to do so. Do you see the connection? God does not ask us to do the impossible without making it possible! The key is I think the Holy Spirit of God filling us and our surrendering to His rule and reign in our lives. Do you want to make disciples? It may simply start by your willingness to yield to Him and respond in obedience. The heart of a disciple maker very well may be found in the old invitational hymn “Wherever He leads I’ll go” Will you?

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