Here are 14 ways* that you can start becoming a “maker of disciples” like Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19, 20…
- Join a good bible-preaching, Jesus-worshipping church.
- Arrive early at church gatherings and stay late.
- Practice hospitality with members of your church.
- Pray and ask God for strategic friendships.
- If possible, include a line-item in your family or pastoral budget for weekly time with fellow Christians. Discuss this matter with your spouse. If possible, provide such a budget line for your spouse as well.
- Schedule regular breakfasts, lunches, or some other culturally-acceptable social engagement with teachable individuals (of the same sex). Depending on the person, you may decide to meet once, indefinitely, or for a set number of times (say, five). If you and the individual share a pastime, look for ways to share that pastime together.
- Ask them about themselves. Ask them about their parents, spouse, children, testimony, their job, their walk with Christ, and so on. In asking questions, however, do so in a manner that’s appropriate for your cultural context (don’t scare them!).
- Share about yourself.
- Look for ways to have spiritual conversations. Maybe decide to read the Bible or some other Christian literature together.
- Consider their physical or material needs. Would they benefit from your help?
- Pray with them.
- Depending on your home situation, invite the person to drop by your house or spend time with your family. Let them watch you live life.
- Look for ways to pray for the person throughout the week by yourself and/or with your spouse.
- Use my book — “Obeying Jesus: the seven commands for every disciple” (available at amazon.com) — as a resource/tool. A Study Guide is included to stimulate one-on-one conversations or group discussions.
Go ahead. Make a disciple! Have fun with it! Reap huge rewards!
Only by grace,
* The first 13 suggestions are taken directly from 9-Marks.org. I added Number 14.