Do you remember Jesus’ last words while on this earth? If not, look up Matthew 28:19-20 in your Bible.
Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.” These words are instructions for ALL followers of Jesus. It’s called “The Great Commission.”
Sometimes people ask me, “How do I make a disciple?”
The Holy Spirit does the work, but he does it through people like you and me. You can make disciples one-on-one, spending time and mentoring another person, or in a small group. Jesus did it both ways.
One way many churches in America have found effective in making disciples is using the Sunday School or Bible Study organization. Individuals join a small group and come together for fellowship, teaching, ministry, and challenging each other to practice Jesus’ teachings.
In these small groups, people are challenged to learn from and obey Jesus. It becomes part of our spiritual journey: our discipleship group.
When new people come to a church, it is because Christ has drawn them. Maybe they are struggling in life and Christ points them to his church where he knows they will receive love. Maybe someone invited them. Or maybe they are new to the community and seeking a place to worship, serve and study God’s words with fellow believers. Whatever the reason they come, we—Christ’s body in Lewisville—need to be there to help, assist, and love on the people God sends our way. God uses us to connect people to his church and to further the process of making disciples.
Did you know one new Bible study group connects an average of 10 new people to our church over a year? (groupsmatter.com)
Churches in America that are growing (which is only 15 percent of the churches) do so by starting new groups. Bible Study groups help connect people to Christ and to one another.
Did you know we started 10 new classes in 2015? I would love to see FBC Lewisville start 10 new Bible Study groups each year for five years. We’ve already started by adding a new young adult class on January 17 of this year! If Lifeway trends hold true, we could average an additional 100 people in Bible Study by the end of 2016. Imagine if we started 50 new classes over five years. You do the math.
If you want to see our church reach people in Lewisville and beyond, get involved. Here are some possibilities:
Pray. Pray for our city. Pray for our new groups. Pray for your neighbors (pray4everyhome.com). Pray that God would use you to touch another’s person’s life.
Invite. The number one reason people come to church is because someone else invited them. Invite someone to come with you. Volunteer to pick them up for their first visit. Inviting is an important step in being a witness for Jesus.
Volunteer. Volunteer to be a part of a new group in Bible Study; be someone who will be intentional in reaching and assimilating new people.
If this excites you as much as it does me, let’s talk!
Making Disciples together with you,
Posted on Tue, January 26, 2016
by Brad Williamson