Week One: Why We Make Disciples
Why do we make disciples? The short answer is simple. We make disciples because Jesus commanded us to make disciples (Matthew 28:19). The long answer, on the other hand, is far more complex but also far more interesting. We make disciples because Jesus modeled discipleship for us. His public ministry began with the command “follow me,” and it ended with the command “go.” What happened in between will be the subject of this series. Over the next several weeks, we will examine the ministry of Jesus to understand how he made disciples so we can better understand how we should make disciples.
Jesus wasted no time making disciples. In all four Gospels, Jesus’s fledgling ministry began with the calling of those who would become his disciples (Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 3:13-19, Luke 5:1- 11, John 1:35-51). In a sense, his ministry was discipleship. He preached the Gospel, and from those within earshot, he called the twelve to follow him, but many other men and women followed Jesus and his teachings and thus were considered to be his disciples (Luke 8:1-3; 23:49).
As we examine Jesus’s ministry of discipleship, we will read ourselves into the narrative. We will learn what it means to be a disciple and what it means to make disciples. We will discover our identity as Jesus’ followers, and we will learn what it means to call followers of Jesus in our personal spheres of influence.