The past two posts have dealt with changing what we care about so that discipleship is our only goal. But as we say in the South, what in the Sam Hill is that?!
Some would tell you that discipleship means simply getting people “saved”. In this model, discipleship equals evangelism. Others say discipleship is an intense, one-on-one or small group Bible study environment where a teacher leads the time with the students. In this model, discipleship equals education.
There’s a HUGE problem with both: Jesus’ model of discipleship was neither!
The clearest example is Luke 9-10 when Jesus sent out “The Twelve” who would go on to become known as The Disciples. In this part of the story, The Twelve got sent out and a chapter later they had not just added to their group but they had multiplied! The Twelve were now The Seventy-Two! These 72 would then turn into the 120 in Acts 2 who would then turn into the 3,000!
From that simple look we see that when Jesus said, “Go! Make disciples!” he clearly intended one thing: a true disciple not only follows Jesus, but also reproduces!
That’s why a church should not gauge itself on simply how great their service is, how many people attend their church, or (hang on to your hat!) even great things like how many poor people are helped or simply how many are converted. All of these should be happening, but Jesus said what we should care most about is seeing disciples reproduce. And then that’s what the first church did!
So at OneLife, our measure of success will be seeing disciples reproduce disciples. That means seeing lost people find Jesus and then in turn lead more lost people in their lives to Jesus so that they, too, can reproduce. And then on and on it will go.
That means your life will make a difference as you impact the eternity of others. It means our church will grow because of what OneLifers do Monday through Saturday, not just what a staff and volunteers do on a Sunday. It means the needs of our community will be met when groups of disciples see and meet that need rather than waiting for a pastor to point it out and organize an event.
But to get there, this must be what we care most about. So OneLife, hang on! We are changing what we care about, and that changes everything!
Are you ready?!