|God gives each believer 10 Biblical Tools for making Disciples:
Our Heavenly Father calls us to bring glory and honor to Him by doing the work of building His Kingdom here on earth. His Kingdom is that realm in which His will is done. The work of Kingdom building is that of making disciples by teaching obedience of everything Jesus commanded us to do. This work is to be done in self, family, congregation and neighborhood.
God gives each and every believer tools to make disciples. Here are ten Biblical tools for building "Becoming A Christ-Centered, Disciple-Making Church":
- Love. It should be clear to every believer that love reigns supreme as a disciple-making tool. Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
- Prayer. We faithfully pray for the work of teaching obedience-to our self, our family, our congregation, and our neighbor. "Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray."
- Truth. We share biblical truth with our self, our family, our congregation, and our neighbor. Jesus explained, "If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed, and you will know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
- Righteousness. We identify the blatant and subtle sins in our lives and know that, while God loves us, He hates the sin barrier that blocks a bonding of righteousness between us. However, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." Righteousness through confession and repentance increases our disciple-making effectiveness.
- Faith. "According to your faith it will be done," Jesus promised. Faith in the truth always calls for the work of putting its principles into practice.
- Obedience. "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.'" To disciple our nation, we begin with teaching obedience in myself, my family, my congregation, and my neighborhood.
- Wisdom. The biblical definition of wisdom is knowing and doing what is right. Knowledge by itself is a dusty, lifeless book on a mindless shelf. Doing by itself is loose cannon energy expended without direction or effective result. The active expression of wisdom is knowing and doing what is right.
- Work. In prayer Jesus said to his heavenly Father. "I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do." (John 17:4). The work Jesus had just completed was that of making 12 disciples. Lovingly and patiently He had invested three years in the task of teaching His disciples to obey all His commandments.
- Commitment. I am only one, but I am one - I cannot do every thing, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do by the grace of God - I shall do!
- Accountability. "By their fruit you shall know them." (Mt. 7:20) Our Heavenly Father is holding each believer accountable for making disciples of himself, family, congregation and neighborhood. A disciple is an obedient follower of Jesus Christ who is actively engaged in making disciples by teaching obedience to everything Jesus commanded in self, family, congregation, and neighborhood.
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