Posted by: theedwardsfam | January 28, 2011

The first 2 steps of following Jesus

I was talking with my dad about discipleship (because he is good and experienced at it) and we were talking about how many Christians have parts of discipleship backwards.

The first step of being a disciple of Jesus is to repent.

The second step of being a disciple of Jesus is to be a fisher of men/women.

Here is what Matthew 4:17-22 says.

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

We usually have “evangelism” as the lesson towards the end of the new believer handbook but Jesus made is the first lesson for his new disciples (“I’ll make you fishers of men”).  We need to remove the false dichotomy between evangelism and discipleship because there is none in the bible. The first step of making disciples is to witness to someone until they repent and the rest of the process is teaching them how to reproduce themselves by making disciples themselves.

We have separated evangelism from discipleship even though Jesus always taught that discipleship was always about making more disciples, not just “growing” disciples.

The disciples who were growing in their faith in the book of Acts were always sharing their faith with unbelievers and training new believers to share their faith.  How are we doing this in our churches?  How many people have led someone to Christ this month? Last year?

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