As followers of Jesus Christ, we are disciples who are disciple-makers. Being a disciple of Jesus is not a passive activity. It requires intent in obeying the teachings of Jesus as well as helping others obey the teachings of Jesus. We fail when we get satisfied knowing about Jesus and his teachings without truly knowing Jesus and following his teachings. When Jesus commissioned us in Matthew 28 to make disciples, he defined what he meant. Disciples are baptized believers who learn and obey the teachings of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20). We are all called to be a disciple and make disciples.
As we look forward to jumping back into our small group Sunday morning Bible study classes on June 6 let us make sure that we are doing more than just teaching and learning information. Let us be intentional in holding each other accountable to practice that which we are being taught. I encourage our teachers to keep the teaching practical. Your number one responsibility is to be a disciple-maker. Teach skills that you model and hold your class accountable to practice these skills each week. Make sure that those sitting under your influence do more than just hear good information. Help them to grow in their faith as they learn to obey Jesus’ teachings. Class participants, participate in discussion and make sure you understand how to apply what is being taught. Nothing will encourage your teacher more than to hear how you are applying what you have been taught to your everyday life.
I believe that 9:45 on Sunday morning begins the most important hour in the life of our church. Those involved in small group Bible study are generally more faithful, grounded in their faith, and committed to the life of the church than those who just attend worship. It is where community can happen. A place we encourage each other to live up to the teachings of Jesus. We are a stronger church when we stop just sitting in rows and move to sitting in circles. It is in that setting that discipleship can truly happen and you will take the next step in your Christian growth.
Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”