Disciple-Making Is for Everyone!
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
In a church culture that is dominated by professional clergy and polished programs, it’s easy to think that when Jesus gave his Great Commission, he wasn’t really talking to me.
"I’m not a pastor or missionary."
"I’ve never been to seminary."
"I don’t know enough to invest in others."
"Isn’t it the staff’s job to make disciples? That’s why I give to the church."
But when we look to the Scriptures and listen to our Lord, we realize that disciple-making is for everyone.
When Jesus gave his Great Commission, part of what he sends his church to do is teach others to obey everything that he commanded. That includes the Great Commission itself! The reason leaders are set apart in the church is not to do the work of ministry, but to shepherd the flock and equip them for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-13). As helpful and important as seminary and formal training can be, it is through ordinary people, transformed by the gospel, grounded in Scripture, and committed to prayer, that the gospel has advanced since the beginning (e.g., Acts 4:13; 1 Cor. 1:26-31). It’s the simple beauty of taking what you have learned from God and investing it in the next person, with the aim that they too would turn around and invest in someone else—what’s often called spiritual multiplication (cf. 2 Tim. 2:2).
Disciple-making is not for professionals—it’s for everyone.
But we don’t just want to talk about disciple-making. We want to help you by doing it with you. For that reason, we’d like to invite you to be a part of our discipleship coaching at Westgate. Learn more here.