I’m a pastor and I’m crazy about the local church.
I love how messy, beautiful, broken, and encouraging life is when messed up, imperfect people attempt to point other messed up, imperfect people to an eternally perfect Savior, JESUS.
But I wonder if we as the Church have somewhat lost our way.
So much of our concern seems to be wrapped up into “buildings, bodies, and bucks.”
Yet Jesus went around making disciples out of a small group of people who he then unleashed to change the world.
For so long in church life I was told to make disciples. Make disciples. It was even the mission statement of the church I worked at in college, plastered on the side of church vehicles. “Make disciples.”
Yet we never really knew HOW or WHERE to start. When pursuing new people with the Gospel, our end goal seemed to be salvation and then you were kinda on your own.
Growing up in the church myself, I remember being saved by God, then being told to read my Bible, pray, and go to church. But nobody ever TAUGHT me how to do those things until later in life. Furthermore, nobody ever taught me WHY we do those things or WHY it was so important that we pass them on to the next generation, as we’re commanded by God to do!
So…are you making disciples? Do you even know what that means?
If you don’t have an intentional plan on how you’re obeying the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), let me suggest a starting point. Find someone who’s trying to follow Jesus. They don’t need to be a seasoned believer that has books of the Bible memorized but they also don’t have to still be wet from the baptistry, or the trough if you go to my church.
Share these 6 statements/questions with them. Give them time to work on their answers and you do the same. Then, meet for coffee. Or lunch. Or Facetime. Or whatever works for you both.
And SHARE. Be honest and vulnerable and watch what God does. You’ll be amazed at what God has done in the life of someone you know only casually at church. This little practice will help break down the barriers of complacency and false senses of community and possibly lay the groundwork for beginning a discipleship relationship down the road.
These 6 statements form the Spiritual Journey Inventory from Robert Gallaty’s discipleship book, Growing Up: How to be a Disciple that Makes Disciples.
1.) After coming to the Lord, I finally understood _____________________________.
2.) The closest I have felt to God in my life was ______________________________.
3.) The farthest I felt from God was _________________________________.
4.) If I could change one incident in my life it would be _________________. Why?
5.) One incident in my life I would never change would be _______________. Why?
6.) The turning point in my relationship with God was __________________. Why?
I hope these questions help you grow deeper in your relationship with a friend, but more importantly, I pray God uses them in YOUR life to allow you to reflect on your own spiritual journey.
Would you mind leaving a comment or sending me an e-mail and let me know how you used these questions?
I’d love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org