The concept of what a real follower is must be created before the topic of creating disciples can be thorough. To do this, one must glance specifically at the scriptures in the Luke Gospel. Jesus begins by saying, ‘If anyone comes to me and doesn’t hate his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, and even his own life, he can’t be my follower.’ While this phrase utilizes a robust vocabulary, it portrays the passion of a follower for Christ must be greater over any person, any worldly thing, or self. Jesus continues to say, ‘Whoever does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my follower.’ This fundamentally means that a follower must be prepared to give up his existence, by surrendering to God their full will. Lastly, Jesus says, ‘Why doesn’t one of you, when he wishes to construct a tower, sit down first and calculate the price to see if he has enough to finish it?’ This section shows that disciples must question themselves whether it’s worth pursuing Jesus to lose everything, potentially even their lives. The way toward making disciples has shifted during the time from the biblical past to current presence. As of now, the subject of unequivocally how disciples are made inside the setting of a postmodern culture might be the most squeezing inquiry confronting the local church. Without a comprehension of how disciples are made, the body of Christ perils to be unimportant to its culture. This paper gives an accurate portrayal of how Christian disciples are made inside the setting of the local church and a Christian community.
Overview of the Body of Christ
The body of Christ is the people, and everyone who has a personal relationship with Jesus is part of this body. As we grow spiritually strong and healthy, we reach out in love to the unbelieving world with the message of Christ to hear and accept God’s gracious gift. Therefore, my church is a traditional, Evangelism, soul-winning discipleship from the pulpit hearing and worship on Sunday mornings with our Sr. pastor.
Church Health Assessment
After the complement of my health church assessment, and the overview of the church stronger and weakest areas. I discover my church assessment most substantial area is love for our neighbor because we want to treat our fellow brother and sister in Christ as we like to be treated. Also, the Bible tells us to treat our neighbor just as we wish to be treated. In order to love our neighbor, we must first have to love ourselves to love our neighbors because you can’t give love honestly if you don’t love yourself. Even in the Bible also tell us that the Father loves us as much as He loves Jesus (John 17:23). My weakest assessment is love for one another. I believe the low evaluation is due to the behavior of some member of the church. Gossiping for one which can lead back to person whom the gossiping is a concern. It can also lead to people leaving the church due to embarrassment and either go to another church or never enter a church building again. Also, slandering, people of position using their title against members of the church. Some people act self-righteous in the church as they have no faults, no sins, no flaws and quickly point out others and condemn them, and judge others who are sinners or backsliders that turn away from the Lord or never knew Him and don’t make them feel welcome just because the attire that they wear. I believe we can improve by welcoming those even if their attire not appropriate and help them because we don’t know the situation they are in and guide them and help nurture them and if they need help a fellow brother or sister in Christ is there to listen and support.
Role and Importance of the Local Church, Pastor, Saints, and Spiritual Gifts
The local church, minister, saints, and spiritual blessings all assume a significant job in teaching as transformative operators. In any case, previous job distinguishing proof, each term needs scripturally characterized. The term church implies a gathering (cf. Acts 19:39), a social affair (cf. Acts 19:32, 40), or a network of individuals with shared convictions, expressed locally (cf. 1 Cor 11:18) or universally (cf. Eph 1:22). The job of the local church is to achieve the Great Commission by molding individuals in their insight into Christ and affecting the way of life through changed lives. The word “church” is utilized multiple times in the New Testament, and Jesus first notices the concept of ‘church’ in Matthew 16:18 when He says, ‘And I likewise state to you that you are Peter, and on this stone I will assemble My congregation, and the powers of Hades won’t overwhelm it.’ We see from this section the church isn’t yet in presence. It is something later on. Jesus says, ‘I will,’ indicating what’s to come. We likewise see this new thing will be something that He manufactures. That Jesus is the author and leader of the congregation (Ephesian 1:22; 5:23; Colossian 1:18) is undoubted. He further depicts the church as a power that will kick down the doors of hell’s gates. We see from this first section; the church will be the methods for ambushing the kingdom of darkness (Colossian 1:13). The church is God’s arrangement, and it is God’s primary goal. The local church should mean more to us since it is essential to God. ‘The Church, the Body of Christ, is a new creation that is made up of Jews and Gentiles who have placed their faith in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It matters not what race you are, or your denominational affiliation, or what your social status maybe, if you have trusted Christ as your personal Savior, then you are a member of the mystical Body of Christ. This is the true Church! For the sake of clarity, while every member of the true Church, which is His Body is saved, this is not necessarily the case with every member of a local church.'(Pastor P. M. Sadler)
The congregation is Jesus’ body on earth (see Ephesians 1:22-23), and it is comprised of a variety of individuals from varying backgrounds. The church exists for God’s magnificence and exhibits it in one way. The church is built and evolved surrounding one central person, which is Jesus. It is virtually incomprehensible at that point to isolate Jesus from the local church. Every Christians need to be held spiritual responsible, which being a member of the local church brings. It helps us to grow maturely into Christ.
In like manner, the job and significance of ministers (shepherds) and teachers are ‘to prepare the saints for work by the ministry, for building up the body of Christ’ (Eph 4:11-12). The position of the pastor is significant for executing the field within the church to change lives. The current pastoral job is regularly more worried about the foundation than the people and concentrates on encouraging the development of a spending limit instead of the development of the saints. Paul composed Ephesian and given a descriptive role and function of preacher and saints. Minister is to ‘train’ or ‘prepare’ the saints. Pastors are relied upon to be a role model, or some might say “to lead by example” and to challenge church individuals to pursue biblical standards. The Bible features various good ethics a congregation leader ought to have, including quality of character, love, mindful, beauty, and modesty. Although ministers are human and regularly educate by considering their slip-ups, they are required to keep up a higher standard of conduct to successfully control others. Being knowledgeable of the Bible and in determined correspondence with God are the two obligations and duties regarding ministers. Day by day Bible examination and solid religious comprehension are imperative to the capacity of a minister to lead and educate. He may likewise lead others in study and should show a solid working knowledge of the Bible for worship and advice. “Preaching is a joy for pastors, but very difficult because they need to speak to people who are in different stages of their spiritual journey. Mature Christians go to church to worship God, to learn, and to minister to others. Immature Christians tend to say, “I didn’t get anything out of that sermon,” because their focus is solely on themselves. Skeptics go to church thinking, “Where was God when I needed him?” or “If God is loving, why did this happen to me?” Seekers go to church with the questions, “Is God real?” and “Does He care for me?” Some people have messed up relationships because they are living inconsistently with biblical principles or sinning against God. They don’t need to hear a “feel good” sermon; they need to get back on track with God. Pastors need to speak to the heart and needs of all of these different people to be effective. This requires skill, study, prayer, preparation, and the Holy Spirit.’ (Dave Brewer)
The position and significance of the saints (holy ones) are to love others by coming together in unification ‘made after the similarity of God in evident exemplary nature and heavenliness’ (Eph 4:24). A saint is a person who is viewed as having a closeness to God and in obedience. Depending on context and denomination, the term also holds its original Christian meaning, as any believer who is in Jesus and in whom Christ inhabits, whether in heaven or on earth. ‘There is no other vision given to the church. Our vision is 1) to evangelize to the world, 2) to teach all that Jesus commands and 3) to teach how to abide in all that Jesus commands. Jesus gave us a summary of the whole law by telling us to love God above all things and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.'(www.angelcasiano.com)
The role and significance of spiritual blessings is a profound gift that is any natural capacity utilized for God’s magnificence in the assortment of Christ. The position of progressing spiritual gifts, for example, prescience, teaching, admonishment, giving, leading, and leniency (cf. Rom 12:6-8), is to help with building a healthy vessel of saints, which supports the job of the church to change lives. There can be a great deal of disarray with regards to understanding spiritual blessings, yet in all actuality, the Bible discussions about the significance and capacity of spiritual gifts a majority. A spiritual gift is something that the Apostle Paul motivated: ‘Presently concerning spiritual gifts, brethren; I don’t need you to be oblivious’ (1 Corinthians 12:1). ‘Spiritual gifts are part of the very nature of God, given to us for Him to use to fulfill His purposes in our lives and on the earth. In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul clearly explained the purpose of spiritual gifts. God gave spiritual gifts for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:(Eph.4:12-15). As we use our spiritual gifts, the Body of Christ will be instructed, unified, and matured; we will avoid deception by Satan and by wicked men, and we will grow in Christ.'(www.iblp.org) As indicated by Ephesians 4:11-13, the activity of the missionaries, prophets, evangelists, ministers and educators is to prepare the individuals to work in their endowments and take the necessary steps of the ministry ’till we all come together to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.’ God needs all of us to work in our blessings with the motive of being brought together while we do it. This achieves the maturity and ‘the fullness of Christ.’
In conclusion, how disciples are made with simple steps, but it not always easy, back when Jesus chose His twelve disciples. Jesus’s strategy of making disciples was to share, connect, preach, and release disciple-maker in the context of the local church and Christian community. First, the most efficient manner of sharing the church is by using society and scripture investigation, compassion, and motivation. Second, by using the disciple-making techniques of inquiry, compassion, and motivation, the disciple-maker deliberately links with people and small organizations to create ties of confidence soaked in theology and worship. Third, the disciple ministers to the disciple by using the techniques of discipleship to help the disciples identify regions of unhealth and promote the revival of the mind on their new development position in Christ (righteous). The needed outcome of an acquired holy status is divine conduct (justified living)–a changed existence. Finally, once the lives of a disciple are changed by exchanging, linking, and ministering, it can be published to implement the techniques of making disciples.
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