Discipleship – Level 3 Lesson 14

Level 3 Lesson 14

A CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP
By Andrew Wommack

Today we’re going to talk about being a disciple and how to make disciples of
other people. I want to remind you that the Lord gave us a command not to go make
converts, not to just get people to confess Jesus as their Lord and receive forgiveness of
sins, but to make disciples. Although those first two are vital, and I’m not minimizing
that at all, the real purpose has to be to go beyond being born again and to go on to
maturity. The goal of a Christian, who is a disciple, should be to go and make disciples of
other people.

Jesus told us to go and make disciples, to bring people to maturity and able to
reproduce. Our church world today hasn’t done this. We’ve put the responsibility of
getting people born again on what we call the clergy, or ministers. We have evangelists
who travel around, hold large crusades, and see thousands of people make decisions for
the Lord. Though some of them are not really born again but are just experiencing
emotions, I’m sure there are people who are truly born again and have a relationship with
the Lord. Most of the time, however, there’s not an emphasis on going on and becoming
a disciple, and that’s not the way God intended it to be.

I compare this to a person who loves babies. It would be totally irresponsible to
have a baby, be excited about it, but only like seeing it born. When you have a child, you
have to assume responsibility to train and raise it. We tell people, “The main thing is to
get born again, to confess Jesus as your Lord.” When that happens, we pat them on the
back and say, “Now you’re a Christian. Believe God, study the Bible, and everything will
be okay.” That is not the Lord’s emphasis.

Because of this, we’ve produced people, many of whom have made heartfelt
commitments to the Lord, but have no maturity. They are unable to reproduce their faith
because there is no material to help them. Instead of being positive witnesses for Jesus,
they actually become negative witnesses. He intends for us to go out and reach people in
a way that they become full-fledged disciples and are able to reproduce their faith in
others.

If you led one person to the Lord every six months, separated yourself and
discipled them to the point that they became a mature Christian who could reproduce
their faith, at the end of six months there’d only be two Christians. Then, if each one of
you led one person to the Lord, separated yourselves and discipled them for six months,
at the end of a year there’d be four Christians. This doesn’t look comparable to a person
who could lead a thousand people to the Lord in a crusade and get them to confess Jesus.
Most people would say, “Well, this discipleship method only produces four converts in
the first year, whereas the other method would produce a thousand converts. We have to
go with the other one.” The man who could lead a thousand people to the Lord would
have led 35,000 people to the Lord. That’s good, and nobody would criticize it; but it’s
214just a drop in the bucket compared to the world population. Basically, that’s the way the
church has been functioning.

If we emphasize discipleship, the person who leads one person to the Lord every
six months and those two do the same, in just a little over twelve and a half years they
would evangelize more than the population of the world. Some people think That can’t
be, but I challenge you to figure it out. I’ve multiplied it out, and in a little over twelve-
and-a-half years, one person discipling another person every six months, making them a
reproducing member of the body of Christ, could evangelize five and a half billion people
versus twelve-and-a-half thousand people with the other method.

If we could get you to where you not only experienced victory and maturity
yourself but had a desire to go out and reproduce it in other people, if you became the
trainer instead of the trainee, here are some of the things that could happen if only one
person got a hold of this concept, followed the Lord to a place of maturity, and started
discipling another person. If you only did this with one person per year, at the end of one
year, there would be you and the person you discipled—two. At the end of two years,
there’d be four. But, if you could continue to follow that, at the end of ten years there’d
be 1,024 people who had been discipled and were reproducing members of the body of
Christ. If you continued, with only one person originally receiving this, at the end of
twenty years there’d be over a million people. That’s awesome. This is the method of
multiplication that the Lord established—going and making disciples, not going and
making converts. It’s by far the best way to expand the kingdom to reach people, but our
mindset is looking for the quick fix.

How many people go to large crusades, make commitments, go proclaim to be
Christians, still have anger, bitterness, and jealousy, and become negative witnesses? If
we want to count statistics, how many people have been turned away from the true
Gospel because they saw someone who proclaimed Christianity and thought, I’m as good
as the hypocrites down there at church. I don’t need it.

The whole point is that discipleship is the method God set down for evangelizing
the world. The truth doesn’t make you free until you continue in the Word (John 8:31-
32). That’s what God wants for each individual so they can experience His fullness, but
it’s also the method of evangelism that He set down. Whoever decided that was not the
way to do it has substituted another method that hasn’t worked.

I pray today that God speaks this to your heart to show you the value of
discipleship. I encourage you to go on and become a disciple and a discipler of other
people.

Discipleship Questions

1.  It may surprise you to know that Jesus never called anyone to become a “Christian,”
rather His call was for people to become “disciples.” Look through the Gospels
215(Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and on a separate sheet of paper, find and list as many
scriptures as you can that show Jesus’ calling was to discipleship.

2.  In the book of Acts, people were not invited to be “Christians,” rather their call was to
become “disciples.” Look through the book of Acts, and on a separate sheet of paper, find
and list as many scriptures as you can that show people being called to discipleship.

3.  In Scripture, the word “disciple(s)” is used a total of 273 times. In all the Bible, the
word “Christian(s) is used a total of three times. List and write out on a separate sheet of
paper the three times that the word “Christian(s)” is used in Scripture.

4.  Read Matthew 10:25. What is a disciple, according to this verse?

5.  Read Luke 14:26. Being Jesus’ disciple means the unconditional sacrifice of one’s life
for the whole of another’s life. True or False.

6.  Read Luke 14:33. In at least some cases, being Jesus’ disciple meant the literal
abandonment of everything, to put the claim of Jesus first. True or False.

7.  Read Matthew 19:29. Everyone that has forsaken houses, brothers, sisters, father,
mother, wife, children, or lands, for Jesus’ sake, will receive a hundred times as much,
and shall inherit everlasting life. True or False.

8.  Read Acts 14:22. Disciples need to continue in the faith. True or False.

9.  Read Hebrews 10:14. The real objection that some have to the Scriptures that
emphasize discipleship is that to be a “Christian” requires no effort (it is by grace), but to
be a “disciple” requires real sacrifice and commitment. The truth is that the redemption of
Christ required no effort on our part; it is perfect and requires no effort from us, but
Christ’s call was always for our whole and absolute life. True or False.

10.  Read Acts 11:26. Christ’s call was not for two kinds of believers, some to be
Christians that remain carnal and some to be disciples. In reality, Christians and disciples
were supposed to be the same. True or False.

11.  Read Matthew 28:19. Jesus’ commission to the believers was to go and make: A.
disciples.  B. converts of all nations.

12.  Read Matthew 28:20. Believers are to teach others to obey everything that Jesus
commanded. True or False.

13.  Read John 1:12. Jesus did offer His benefits (forgiveness, justification, etc.), but not
without taking His person. True or False.

216Scriptures to Use with Questions

Matthew 10:25 – “It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant
as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall
they call them of his household?”

Luke 14:26 – “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and
children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Luke 14:33 – “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he
cannot be my disciple.”

Matthew 19:29 – “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or
father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an
hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”

Acts 14:22 – “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in
the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

Hebrews 10:14 – “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are
sanctified.”

Acts 11:26 – “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to
pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much
people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Matthew 28:20 – “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded
you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

John 1:12 – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of
God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Answer Key

1.  It may surprise you to know that Jesus never called anyone to become a “Christian,”
rather His call was for people to become “disciples.” Look through the Gospels
(Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and on a separate sheet of paper, find and list as many
scriptures as you can that show Jesus’ calling was to discipleship.

2.  In the book of Acts, people were not invited to be “Christians,” rather their call was to
become “disciples.” Look through the book of Acts, and on a separate sheet of paper, find
and list as many scriptures as you can that show people being called to discipleship.
2173.  In Scripture, the word “disciple(s)” is used a total of 273 times. In all the Bible, the
word “Christian(s) is used a total of three times. List and write out on a separate sheet of
paper the three times that the word “Christian(s)” is used in Scripture. Acts 11:26, Acts
26:28, and 1 Peter 4:16.

4.  Read Matthew 10:25. What is a disciple, according to this verse? A disciple is one
who becomes like his teacher or master.

5.  Read Luke 14:26. Being Jesus’ disciple means the unconditional sacrifice of one’s life
for the whole of another’s life. True.

6.  Read Luke 14:33. In at least some cases, being Jesus’ disciple meant the literal
abandonment of everything, to put the claim of Jesus first. True.

7.  Read Matthew 19:29. Everyone that has forsaken houses, brothers, sisters, father,
mother, wife, children, or lands, for Jesus’ sake, will receive a hundred times as much,
and shall inherit everlasting life. True.

8.  Read Acts 14:22. Disciples need to continue in the faith. True.

9.  Read Hebrews 10:14. The real objection that some have to the Scriptures that
emphasize discipleship, is that to be a “Christian” requires no effort (it is by grace), but to
be a “disciple” requires real sacrifice and commitment. The truth is that the redemption of
Christ required no effort on our part; it is perfect and requires no effort from us, but
Christ’s call was always for our whole and absolute life. True.

10.  Read Acts 11:26. Christ’s call was not for two kinds of believers, some to be
Christians that remain carnal and some to be disciples. In reality, Christians and disciples
were supposed to be the same. True.

11.  Read Matthew 28:19. Jesus’ commission to the believers was to go and make: A.
disciples.

12.  Read Matthew 28:20. Believers are to teach others to obey everything that Jesus
commanded. True.

13.  Read John 1:12. Jesus did offer His benefits (forgiveness, justification, etc.), but not
without taking His person. True.

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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