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Daily Living – Episode 63 – Edgar Aponte

Daily Living – Episode 63 – Edgar Aponte

Make Disciples

Author: Edgar Aponte

Disciples are those who have committed themselves to follow Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and one way in which we follow Jesus in making disciples. As Christians we have the Holy Spirit living in us to help us. The Holy Spirit helps us grow in our faith, godly desires, humble obedience, sacrificial service, and helping others to follow Jesus.

Discipling is not a program. It is not watching a sermon or listening to a podcast. It is not a one-size-fits-all information transfer. It is life-on-life loving in word and deed. As I friend of mine used to say, discipling is to be carried out by someone and not by something. Jesus didn’t just preach the Gospel, he modeled the Gospel to us. He would teach 5,000 on the mountain, and then He would come down the mountain, right into the mess of everyday sinners. Disciples cannot be mass-produced. We cannot drop people into a ‘program’ and see disciples emerge at the end of the production line. It takes time and intentionality. We need to be intentional about cultivating deep, honest relationships in which we help others to follow Jesus.

Please pray about 2 or 3 people in the life of our church that you could help to follow Jesus better.