How did Jesus make disciples? Is there anything I, or my church, am doing that looks like what Jesus did with His disciples? If the answer is no, then it is probably time to start studying the dash of discipleship.
Matt 4:19 – Matt 28:19.
The secret is in the -. What did Jesus do between Matt 4:19 when He called His disciples and Matt 28:19 when He told them to go and make disciples?
In Matt 4:19 Jesus promises if they follow Him, He “will make them” into fishers of men. He promises a change. Then when He tells them to go make disciples there is no evidence that the disciples did not know what to do. So what did Jesus do during the dash?
We study what Jesus taught, but often we don’t look at what His methods were. We look at all the things He did to prove He was the Son of God, but we fail to look at what He did to make disciples. When He ascended He left the work in the hands of these disciples (along with a healthy dose of the Holy Spirit). His plan was to use them to spread His good news to the rest of the world.
His strategy was make disciples. His command was make disciples. We should look at His methods to make disciples.
If we, or our churches, want to be successful in making disciples then studying the dash might be one of the most important things we could do.