It is often wise, as Maria Von Trapp sang to us, to start at the very beginning, 'cause that's a very good place to start. So, if we are going to produce disciples, we need to understand, WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?
Lorne Sanny, former president of the Navigators disciple-making ministry, defines a disciple as someone who has three qualities: he is personally identified with Jesus Christ, she is consistently obedient to God's Word, and he is bearing fruit of two types. First, there is Christian character. Then he bears the fruit of leading others to Christ and helping them become mature disciples.
Jesus Christ issued a simple call - it was the simple call of Jesus. He walked up to ordinary fishermen and said, "Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). Or, I will show you how to fish for people. The Message says, "Come with Me. I'll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I'll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass." Then it says, "They didn't ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed."
Are we asking questions, or are we dropping our nets and following? Our mandate is none other than this first, clear call of the Lord. It is the simple call of Jesus: Follow Me and I will make you a fisher of men and women.
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