Michael Kelley:

But often in our churches as we seek to lead people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, growing further up and further in, we tend to jump past vision and into process. The exhortations abound, and so do the systems that go along with them. We inundate people with Bible reading plans, Scripture memorization tools, helpful hints to deal with the bad breath and moody attitudes that come with fasting, and nice moleskin journals to record our deep and profound thoughts.

These are all good tools. In fact, they’re more than good; they’re essential (though the moleskin might be debatable.) We need processes whether in building boats or in making disciples. There’s no doubt, in the case of building ships that people do indeed need to collect wood. They need to shape hulls and fashion masts. They need to process the right formulas to know about things like buoyancy and weight limits, wind patterns and ocean currents.

But they also need to breathe the sea air. They need to feel the freedom of the wind in their hair and get a sense of the adventure that lies on the other side of the ocean. That wind and smell is what fuels the processes that must be in place in order to actually get the work done.

Michael makes a great point. Michael references this quote:

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

This is a great way to look at it. Show people why discipleship is important and then you don’t have to spend time convincing people to meet in D-groups.

Robert Coleman and Bobby Harrington:

Reproduction is evidence your discipling program is beginning to multiply, because until you see what is emerging from this person in whom you’ve invested, you really don’t know if you’ve gotten through. Until you see the fruit of your discipling in reproduction, you’re not sure you’ve finished your work. That was always in the mind of Jesus from the beginning. He’s not just looking to the next generation; he’s looking to the generation beyond that generation and the generation beyond that. He’s looking always to the fulfillment of his plan to reach the world. In his mind, there’s no such thing as global missions as distinct from local missions. God loves every person in the world.

Discipleship without reproduction isn’t really discipleship. Disciple-makers put the effort into someone so it can spread further and faster.

Ron Edmondson:

Members care that others needs are met more than their own. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:4

Discipleship is about serving other for the sake of the Kingdom. We take the time to make disciples because we know what is at stake.

Ed Stetzer:

Most churches do a good job of measuring what Micah Fries calls the “three B’s”— budgets, buildings, and baptisms.

Those are helpful, he said. But they don’t always show whether a church is fulfilling its mission to make disciples.

“Every church should ask two questions,” said Fries, director of ministry development for LifeWay Christian Resources. “‘Are we healthy?’ and ‘Are we making disciples?”’

I’ve said in the past that a Church should ask itself:

  1. Do we have a plan to make disciples?

  2. Is it working?

Igniting A Fire

Robby Gallaty —  July 23, 2014

I was honored to be asked by Johnny Hunt to preach at First Baptist Woodstock this past Sunday. The sermon starts about 22 minutes in.

Watch here