All living things grow. It’s evidence of life. If a child doesn’t grow to physical maturity, that’s a tragedy.
And if people in our congregations don’t grow spiritually, that’s a tragedy, too.
Many churches focus on getting people in the doors and maybe making a salvation decision. But that’s only a small part of our responsibility.
Jesus gives us another example. During his ministry, he started by urging people to “come and see.” And they did! People began to follow him. But then Jesus slowly turned up the heat. He began adding qualifiers, statements that start with “You’re my disciple if”:
- You love one another (John 13:35)
- You abide in his Word (John 8:31)
- You deny yourself (Matthew 16:24)
- You make Jesus your prime allegiance (Luke 14:26)
Eventually, Jesus took it a step further and said that a person had to “come and die” (Luke 14:27) to be a disciple.
But Jesus didn’t start with “come and die.” He moved people slowly from “come and see” to “come and die.”
That’s what discipleship is all about. And I learned early in my ministry at Saddleback that I couldn’t grow the church….Continue Reading