Who is the true follower of Christ?
"Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be My disciple"
Luke 14: 27
A Christian Conundrum
The Church today still spends an inordinate amount of time on evangelism, to the detriment of obedience to Christ's command to make disciples. If God uses us to bring a new believer into the kingdom, do we have any further responsibility? Biblically the correct answer is "yes."
If that is the case do you know what that responsibility is?
Is it to invite him or her to church, point them to a Bible study,
or maybe walk them through a Bible study?
In fact do you know what to do to turn that "babe in Christ,"
into a mature, fruit-bearing disciple of Jesus Christ?
Evidently most of us do not--please read on.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ."
The truth of Bonhoeffer's statement is evident in today's churches. We continue to follow traditions, denominational and otherwise, instead of obeying the clear command to make disciples. This disobedience leaves us Christ-less and makes us ineffectual. The proof is in the fruit.
Barna Group research has found:
But why not when . . .
- 91% of professing born-again believers DO NOT hold a biblical worldview
- 47% believe Jesus alone is NOT the only path to salvation
- 75% of Christian teens lose their faith when they leave home
Clearly the Church is not equipping her saints. The saints are equipped by
- 50% of American pastors DO NOT hold a biblical worldview
discipling one another, but we in the Church are not being obedient to Christ's final earthly command ... make disciples.
There is a Solution
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We in the west so carefully plan our evangelistic crusades . . . soon we begin to believe that God's work depends on us. . . . But this is a heretical illusion. A God limited to human crusades and campaigns is a God too small.
If you brought a person to the point they trusted in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, what would you do to build a solid foundation under them so they would become a mature, multiplying disciple?