What On Earth is Discipleship?

Jesus made it plain: make disciples of all nations. Now, much can be said for different programs, methods, strategies, models, books, structures, articles, ministries, non-profits, para-churches, Bible studies, experts, bloggers, consultants, and pastors who have the way to disciple. Like Coach Boone, they proudly say about their strategy, “I run six plays, split veer. It’s like novocaine. Just give it time, always works. See you on the bus.

But discipleship isn’t clean. And, despite one’s best efforts, it doesn’t work every time. Local churches need to intentionally disciple their people, but what on earth does that mean? One of my favorite videos on the subject. . .

This is Discipling from The Foursquare Church on Vimeo.

So how do we define discipleship? And how do we know if it is getting accomplished? When I find out, I’ll let you know. And I ask you to please return the favor. Until then, here’s what I say to pretend like I know.

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Why Church Membership? | Shepherding

Ok, young and hip pastor, here’s my question: who are your people?  When you stand before Jesus and give an account for how you cared for His church and the people he entrusted to your care, how will you answer that?

“Well, I had lunch with every single person who came to my church.”

“I only talked to my friends.”

“I personally followed-up with ever first, second, third, and fourth-time visitor.”

“I led a church-wide fantasy football league.”

This issue is not insignificant, but can be treated as such. Pastors/Elders of churches have to be able to oversee their people; and, thus, they must know what is meant by “their people.”

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Why Church Membership?

I care deeply about church membership. Personally, I believe local church membership is an incredibly undervalued part of church life (specifically in evangelicalism). When you join a church you aren’t joining a club; you’re joining a family and an infantry. A group of people ready to die for Jesus. Unfortunately, that isn’t most people’s experience (and has not been mine either). 

So this week I’ll share a little bit about why church membership? I kick it off with this video. Enjoy!

Platt and Dever on Disciple-Making: Part 6 from David Platt on Vimeo.