Becoming A Reproductive Believer

Becoming A Christ-Centered, Reproductive Believer

A disciple is an obedient follower of Jesus Christ who is actively engaged in reproducing disciples by teaching obedience to everything Jesus commanded.  A disciple operates in self, family, congregation, neighborhood and every other sphere of influence given by God.

God gives each and every believer tools to make disciples. Here are ten for you to work on your sphere of influence in self, family, congregation, neighborhood, and beyond:

  1. Love.  It should be clear to every believer that love reigns supreme as a disciple-making tool. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.” 
  2. Prayer. We faithfully pray for the work of teaching obedience to our self, our family, our congregation, and our neighbor.  “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray.” 
  3. Truth.  We share biblical truth with our self, our family, our congregation, and our neighbor.  Jesus explained, “If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed, and you will know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
  4. Righteousness.  We identify the blatant and subtle sins in our lives and know that, while God loves us, He hates the sin barrier that blocks true communion between us. However, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  Righteousness through confession and repentance increases our disciple-making effectiveness.  
  5. Faith.   “According to your faith it will be done,” Jesus promised.  Faith in the truth always calls for the work of putting its principles into practice.  
  6. Obedience.  “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.'”  To disciple our nation, we begin with teaching obedience in myself, my family, my congregation, and my neighborhood.  
  7. Wisdom.  The biblical definition of wisdom is knowing and doing what is right.  Knowledge by itself is a dusty, lifeless book on a mindless shelf.  Doing by itself is unfocused energy expended without direction or effective result.  The active expression of wisdom is knowing and doing what is right in the sight of God.  
  8. Work.  In prayer Jesus said to his heavenly Father.  “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4). The work Jesus had just completed was that of making 12 disciples.  Lovingly and patiently He had invested three years in the task of teaching His disciples to obey all His commandments.     
  9. Commitment.  I am only one, but I am one – I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  What I can do, I ought to do.  What I ought to do by the grace of God – I shall do!  
  10. Accountability.  “By their fruit you shall know them.”  (Mt. 7:20)  Our Heavenly Father is holding each believer accountable for making disciples of himself, family, congregation and neighborhood.  A disciple is an obedient follower of Jesus Christ who is actively engaged in making disciples by teaching obedience to everything Jesus commanded in self, family, congregation, neighborhood and beyond.

Self: Growing Personally

  1. I will pray every day for A Disciple-Making, Christ-Centered Church. I will work with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength in this mission of the grandest of all causes. I will personally honor the commitment: Each one, reach one, each year.

2.  I will read at least one chapter of God’s truth every day and work to apply it in my life.

  1. I will take a personal inventory of the blatant and subtle sin in my life that I may instantly know when it occurs and re-enter into a state of righteousness through confession and repentance.

4.  I will develop a forgiving spirit, never permitting pride, selfishness, or vanity to prevent me from being the first to say, “I’m sorry.”

5.  I will submit to the authority of truth, seeking to be mentored by elders, pastors, or any Christian teaching biblical truth in wisdom and love.

6.  I will not be intellectually lazy, but will work to understand the times and know what Christians must do. I will subscribe to challenging publications both secular and Christian.

7.  I will continually express my gratitude to my heavenly Father for His goodness and mercy.

8.  I will constantly hold before me the biblical truth that the central purpose of a Christian life is to be an obedient disciple and to make disciples by teaching obedience of all that Jesus commanded.

9.  I will be engaged in prayer through the day and submit to a regular discipline of fasting as the Spirit of the Lord leads me.

Family:  Growing at Home

1.  I will pray and work toward the goal that each member of my family is becoming an obedient disciple, engaged in teaching obedience of all Jesus’ commandments.

2.  I will encourage each member of my family to read at least one chapter of God’s truth daily and make every effort to do it together as family.

3. I will observe the discipline of praying before every meal as a family, thanking God for His food and asking His blessing on it.

4. I will honor and speak to the truth that among the greatest things parents can do for their children is to faithfully love one another and display it in their communication and actions. I will never let vanity, selfishness, or pride prevent me from being the first to say, “I’m sorry.” This act of loving repentance heals the wounds of anger and emotional anguish.

5.  I will teach and honor the biblical truth that children are to respectfully obey their parents and parents are not to exasperate their children.

6.  I will encourage prayer together as a family before every major undertaking, during every family crisis, when major decisions are contemplated, and whenever any member of our family is hurting.

7.  I will always make myself available for prayer or Bible study discussion, or whenever a family member wishes the privacy of more intimate dialogue.

8.  I will always work for the unity and preservation of our family because I know the divine institution of marriage and family life is among the greatest blessings of the human experience.

Congregation:  Growing Together in Community

1.  I will pray every day for the discipling effectiveness [teaching obedience of Jesus’ commandments] of our congregation, its pastors, and all the believers who participate in its ministry. 

2.  I will support and encourage our pastor in his/her focus on Jesus’ central mission for the congregation defined by Him in Mt. 28:18-20. “Make disciples… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” 

3.  I will encourage our congregation leaders to conduct an analysis [Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats] related to our congregation’s discipling mission. This will enable us to:

  • Emphasize the effective use of our strengths in the work of our discipling mission. 
  • Understand our discipling weaknesses and work to overcome them. 
  • Understand our discipling opportunities and focus our strengths and gifts in these areas. 
  • Understand the plans and strategies of the evil one so we can work in righteousness and obedience to overcome his defenses and thwart his intentions. 

4.  I will strive to be engaged in discipling at least one other person in our congregation at all times. 

5.  I will support the idea that every small group in the congregation must be organized for the end purpose of teaching obedience of Jesus’ commandments; that Bible study without the effective, productive teaching of obedience is unbiblical. 

6.  I will work to guide the spiritual energies of our congregation to be focused on organized efforts to disciple individuals, families, congregations and neighborhoods. 

7.  I will encourage an emphasis on the need for righteousness in the life of every believer. I will teach the need for an inventory of blatant and subtle sin in our lives so we can do the work of discipling from a state of righteousness with no un-confessed sin in our lives. 

8.  I will encourage the use of modern methods for identifying personal giftedness so spiritual gifts may be recognized and used with discipling power. 

9.  I will support pastoral prayer during every worship service asking God to bless our work in “Becoming A Christ-Centered, Disciple-Making Church.” 

10. I will support and participate in the discipling ministry of a Church Group. 

11. I will support the formation of a group from our congregation to study and perform the necessary work to provide services and sustenance for the needy. As government downsizes the role in welfare by turning this responsibility over to the private sector, congregations are mandated by Jesus Christ to come forward and obediently fill this gap. Momentous discipling opportunities exist in this expression of Christ’s love. 

12. I will continuously promote and encourage each believer to honor the Kingdom-building principle of EACH ONE, REACH ONE, EACH YEAR.

Neighborhood:  Growing in Love for my Neighbor

1.  I will pray every day for God’s blessing in doing the work of the Kingdom-building principle “EACH ONE, REACH ONE, EACH YEAR.”

2.  I will show love for my neighbor by making a commitment to bring him or her and their family into the discipling fellowship of our Christ-Centered, Disciple-Making Church. I will work to do this by June 30th of each year

3.  I will start praying for my neighbors to the left, to the right, across the street and behind me, coworkers, classmates, store clerks, restaurant servers, and others I am in frequent contact with, asking God to prepare their hearts for His calling.

4.  I will ask the Holy Spirit to lead me in friendly dialogue about topics of interest to my neighbor, and gently, gradually introducing in love, materials/discussion and biblical truth about peace with God through Jesus Christ.

5.  I will become a friend first, sharing in his or her interests where they are not sinful so we may have friendship as the common ground leading to Spirit-filled biblical discussions.

6.  I will invite them to church events, Sunday worship, small/group meetings, and other discipling opportunities as the Holy Spirit leads.

7.  I will work to meet the special needs of the underprivileged and society’s outcasts, lovingly teaching obedience to Jesus’ commandments in the process.

8.  I will bring a loving, caring presence to the elderly, the sick, the orphans, and those in prison, always teaching obedience in the process.

9.  I will endeavor to be informed of the current issues affecting societal conformity to God’s will and to present God’s truth in teaching obedience through letters to the editor, guest editorials, and other means; thereby using the public medium available to every Christian to make disciples of thousands in our neighborhood.

10. I will prayerfully use the ten biblical tools outlined at the beginning of this grand cause and always promote, encourage and personally honor the Kingdom-building principle of EACH ONE, REACH ONE, EACH YEAR.