Purpose of the “Vision for Discipleship” Series

God is a God of order and purpose. He does nothing haphazardly or inconsistently. Jesus came to earth to show us the Father and to provide the means of salvation for mankind. His character and lifestyle reflected the nature of God. Part of that reflection was in the Lord's divine strategy in discipling (training) men so that the on-going work of His kingdom could continue through them. He called twelve men to Himself in close relationship and fully invested in them (Mark 3:13-15)

Because disciple-making has been largely neglected, many believers tend to witness to people, bring them to worship services, and hope they will grow in the Lord. Instead, we need to make personal investments in others as Jesus did. After introducing them to Jesus in personal relationship, we then need to teach them the ways of the Lord and of His kingdom. They should hear it in our teaching and see it in our lives. As they mature in knowing the Lord and embracing His ways, they will want to invest time in discipling others in the faith.

Just as Jesus had a strategy in making disciples, so should we as His followers. The Vision for Discipleship is aimed at motivating people who are fairly established and mature in the Lord to reach out to others and disciple them. Although this series is not really for new believers, it can be adapted for them. The purpose of this material is to encourage believers to move from complacency and laziness to embracing their call and commission to make disciples.

The Vision for Discipleship will also give believers a format to follow in teaching future discipleship classes.

What do we cover in these ten sessions?

We look closely at the commissions of our Lord, and we answer four questions:

  1. What is a disciple?
  2. What are the traits of a discsiple?
  3. What does it mean to make disciples?
  4. What are God's purposes for discipleship?

Why are you here? We are all called to “go and make disciples.” By giving you this instruction we are investing not only in your life, but also in the lives of those you are currently ministering to, as well as those you will be ministering to in the future. We hope and pray that you will be among those who disciple others in the faith in whatever place God plants or sends you. Our goal is to see believers everywhere discipled and mature in their walk with God. We want to have an equipped army ready to reap the harvest and conserve it when God again sends revival throughout the world.

Since you feel the Lord's leading to take this class, certainly you see the seriousness of fully giving yourself to Him in discipleship. He has purposes for you in giving you this material. Don't miss those purposes by taking it lightly, focusing excessively on the social side of gathering, or neglecting to do the homework. Our goal is to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus; growing in relationship with each other will be a natural outcome.

1 John 1:7 “If we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another...“