Disciple-making is what we’re made for

February 19, 2018

“What is the chief end of man?” This question has been labored over for centuries since it was penned in the Westminster Catechism in 1646. The answer? “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” But why? Why is this our chief end?

Simply put, this is what humans were made for. Disciple-making, then, is fundamentally an invitation into the very life of God. The current condition of North Carolina, however, is far different. More than 5.8 million people in North Carolina don’t have a relationship with Christ and will willfully spend eternity in a Christless agony.

Mankind’s lost condition pained God’s heart so much that He willingly entered into human history to do something about it. Through the person and work of Jesus Christ, God was “reconciling the world to himself…” (2 Corinthians 5:19a). So what is our response as those who have trusted Jesus and received this life? We heed Paul’s charge from that same passage to be “ambassadors for Christ” and to carry on this “ministry of reconciliation,” as we, ourselves, have been reconciled.

What can we do? Our goal as a team of trainers is to accelerate mini-movements of multiplication in 10 regions across North Carolina. The desire is for these movements to consist of streams of disciples making disciples, helping one another to live in, and bring others into, the “life of glorifying and enjoying God forever.” Through training, networking, resourcing and most importantly, the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, we seek to join Him in the joy-filled work of making disciples.

We need to recapture a biblical picture of disciple-making. In his book, The Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert Coleman observes, “The best work is always done with a few. Better to give a year or so to one or two people who learn what it means to overcome for Christ than to spend a lifetime with a congregation just keeping the program going.”

We need to recapture a biblical picture of disciple-making.

To be inspired and informed toward these ends, sign up for the disciple-making newsletter. There will be resources, stories from the field, training schedules and more, giving practical shape to vision as well as, Lord-willing, stirring up your affections for God. Because if any efforts from us are anything other than “to glorify God and enjoy him forever,” we will fail.

May we all be disciples who find our greatest joys in Christ, and who, in turn, make disciples who cherish Him as well. May we give ourselves away so that others may find joy in Him.

I pray that 2018 would be a springboard of disciple-making joy for you and hope that you would consider how you are to be a catalyst of “the chief end of man” around you.


by Josh Reed  
/  DiscipleNC  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Saved from war, man from Congo planting church in Raleigh

Rufus Muhirwe is tall, thin and soft-spoken. Look at this gentle man and you would never guess the years-long nightmare he endured before coming to Raleigh, N.C. He found that God was with him through those years. And the fact that Muhirwe is planting a new church is a testimony...

Encouragement from the early church in trying times

Where do we turn at this moment in history for wisdom, direction and inspiration? Many leaders are tired, fearful or wrestle with thoughts of doubt and discouragement. Every leader I know could use some encouragement in our country’s current circumstances. Our hope is not in...

4 encouragements for disciple-making in deeply established churches

Do you dream of a day when a movement of multigenerational disciple-making emerges in your community? Are you also connected with an established church that has deeply established cultural roots, norms and values? If you answered “Yes” to both questions, welcome to the context in...

Why your church needs a God-sized vision

If I could go back and start our church again, knowing what I know now, there are many things I would do differently. However, taking the time that we did to discover God’s vision for our church would not be one of them.It is critical for every church — new or existing — to have a...

3 ways you can ‘Bless Every Home’ in your neighborhood

The biblical narrative puts forth God’s vision to have a people for Himself that functions as priests to neighborhoods and nations to help bring about the reality that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14)....

Hiccups, voices and Uber drivers: The value of coaching

How are you handling the hiccups in your life? Not actual hiccups, but the short-term disruptions to your long-term plans. The current pandemic is a major hiccup we all face, but compared to a lifetime, it is just short-term even though it seems it will last forever. How can we...

Make real disciples, not theoretical ones

Ministry and mission require some basics in order to thrive: thinking and doing, strategy and action. This typically involves assessing your location, considering the Scriptures and then working a plan born from a deep desire to see the Lord’s kingdom come on earth as it is in...

Blessings and benefits of bivocational & covocational ministry

What if having a job outside of your church turned out to be one of the greatest blessings that you have ever experienced in your pastoral life? Though full-time vocational ministry may be commonplace in America, this phenomenon is only about 100 years old. Before pastors worked...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay connected by signing up for the N.C. Baptist monthly newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!