Cultivating Disciple-Making Communities

Go back in your mind with me—way back to the original disciple-making community—Jesus and the twelve.  For three years He walked with these twelve men from various domains.  He allowed them to experience life with Him and view the world through the lens of His kingdom.  Nothing more—nothing less.  As we briefly viewed in Acts, the end result was a world impacted and a disciple-making model and mandate passed on for future generations to carry on.

I wonder what things would have looked like over the centuries, and today, if this first disciple-making community—based on the Jesus blueprint—remained the church’s primary mission?  How much further ahead would we be in displaying the wonder and wisdom of God’s kingdom in the world around us?  How many trappings of religiosity would we have avoided altogether?  How much hotter would the spiritual passion of the church be today?  How many lives and societies would be bettered and blessed around the world had Jesus blueprint disciple-making impacted the Dozen Domains throughout the centuries?  My guess is, there’s also be no concerns about “the church in decline”, numerically or in influence.

I’ve traveled around the globe enough to recognize that the Jesus blueprint can be implemented anywhere at anytime.  Of course, I realize each culture will adapt it to make it unique to itself, but the Matthew pattern we viewed earlier with the ingredients of teaching truth, community, obeying Jesus, and reproducing disciple-makers remains the same as does the paradigm of imitation.

Are you currently an active part of a disciple-making community?  I’m not asking if you’re a part of a church, in a neighborhood Bible study, or part of an on-the-job prayer group.  Are you engaged in a disciple-making community where you and the others are being shaped by the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit into the character, ways, and mission of Jesus?  Are you where relationships are genuine and going deeper; where obeying what Jesus has been revealing to you is valued and applied in your life and through where you serve in the domains, and where you are expected to be reproducing the same in others?

 

Reflection Points: the Character of God and Peoples

  • He’s made us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27)
  • He’s made people from all nations (Psalm 86:9)
  • He’s the Redeemer of nations (Revelation 5:9)
  • He’s the disciple of nations (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • He’s worshipped by kings/nations (Revelation 21:22-26)
  • He’s Messiah to the Jews (Luke 1:30-33)