I asked the question at a discipleship workshop last weekend, If Jesus commanded us to make disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, why are so few Christians actually doing it?
His last words to His disciples (and ultimately who all who are disciples of Jesus Christ) were, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Some of the answers given were:
- I haven’t seen it modeled.
- I’ve never been discipled.
- I don’t know what that means or how to do it.
- I don’t know enough to disciple someone.
- I don’t feel equipped.
Jesus didn’t say, Make disciples when it’s convenient for you, or when you know enough, or when you get to a certain age, or when you’re still young, or if you have the gift of teaching or discipleship. He just said, Make disciples. I think one of the biggest hindrances to doing that is feeling inadequate and not knowing what to do.
So a few years ago, I compiled all the resources that my disciplers went through with me and put them in a Spiritual Toolbox to equip those who want to disciple others. The three parts of the Toolbox are: Laying the Foundation, Building on the Foundation, and Answering Difficult Questions. The first two volumes are available on Amazon now, and the third one will be available soon.
Perhaps you feel that you don’t know what to do with someone in a discipleship relationship or you want a stronger foundation in your faith. This spiritual toolbox will give you materials to take someone through in a discipleship relationship, as well as give you a solid foundation in your own walk with God.
What questions do you have about discipleship? If you’re not discipling others, what’s holding you back?