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This Bible Study is taken from Chapter Nine: Make Disciples Who Rise Up In Power of "Working The Works of God" By Dr. Andrew M. Nkoyoyo
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,... (Matthew 28:19, NIV)
ONE OF THE MAJOR REASONS we have not been successful in reaching the world is the fact that we have been making converts instead of making disciples. We have been making sons and daughters instead of soldiers.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, a convert is “someone brought over from one belief, viewpoint or party to another.” Converts are those people who have had a change of mind about their religious perceptions and then join a church, sit and warm the pews, and become lethargic. They come Sunday mornings for an hour, dance, sing praises to God, hear a short message, and they are content to wait for the next Sunday, only to do the same thing all over again.
I call those religious events “spiritual picnics” where believers gather, sing and dance, and hear good words of encouragement that they hope will take them through to the next week. Such a gathering is about feeding emotions. Converts are those who spend all their time watching television, making trips to the beach, wanting to be entertained to fulfill their sentimental needs, all while their communities are dying and headed for hell.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commissioned you and me to go and make disciples, not converts. A disciple is not one who has had a change of mind concerning his/her belief or concept but is one who is ready to further those values. Webster’s Dictionary defines a disciple as “one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrine of another.” A disciple is a convinced adherent to a person or school of thought. I can tell you that a convinced adherent of Jesus Christ is going to do more than attend a church service on any given Sunday morning and warm a pew, looking for an emotionally-appealing sermon to make their day. He or she will be passionate in sharing the Gospel with someone else.
This is the key to the success of the early Church. They made disciples, who, after their experience with Jesus Christ, were on fire, and set out to fulfill the task God had given to them.
In Paul’s epistle to the Ephesian Church, he shared with them the purpose of the five-fold ministry commonly called “the ascension gifts” or “five-fold ministry gifts.”
He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things. And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ. (Ephesians 4:10-15)
These ministries are a special gift to the Body of Christ for the equipping of saints. The equipping of the saints is the making of disciples. You will note that Paul clearly explains that this ministry is for the saints – you and me.
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