Day 3: (strength·en) Discipleship
Small Groups – Large Impact
All of the issues facing the Christian church today can be addressed through discipleship. In reality, discipleship has always been the key to becoming an obedient Great Commission church and Christian. We must become more like Jesus every day, but the problem is that most church members/attenders are not growing in Christ-likeness.
Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” (Matthew 4:19, CSB). To be a disciple of Jesus, there must first be decision to follow Him and nothing else. We must surrender to Him and give Him our lives. Second, there is a process in being His disciple. He says that “He will make …,” which indicates a process — an ongoing and life-altering learning experience. Finally, the result of our discipleship is for us to invite others others to join us in the journey.
Discipleship that does not result in evangelism is not really discipleship, and evangelism that does not result in discipleship is not really evangelism!
When most pastors are asked about their discipleship efforts, they point to their preaching. However, disciples are best made in small relational environments. The challenge is to help pastors and other church leaders to make the investment in the small. They must be engaged in discipling others through small groups.
During the past few years, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board has been investing in pastors to help them grow in their faith, develop a disciple-process for their church, and begin to implement that process. One pastor recently shared, “Last year was a turning point for me and my church in the area of making disciples. Because of the investment by the GBMB, our church has intentionally put a strategic plan together, as well as implementation that I believe will be a defining moment — not only for our church, but also in our city.”
Because of mission gifts from Georgia Baptists to the Mission Georgia Offering, we are able to assist more pastors and leaders. When you give to Mission Georgia, you make it possible for more disciples to be made and more followers of Jesus to be established.
Pray for Strengthening Of Discipleship By:
- Believing our state missionaries who work directly with churches and pastors in their efforts will make more disciples through small groups.
- Asking for more pastors and other church leaders to be engaged in discipleship through small groups, as well as developing a disciple-making process for their church.
- Trusting that Sunday school and small group leaders will be about the essential task of reproducing new leaders and not just with covering a lesson each week.