Jesus first disciples understood what He intended for them to do with the rest of their lives. When they heard Him say, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20), they recognized that our Messiah had shown them how to train others to…
Memorize His Words
Adopt His interpretation of Old Testament Scripture
Imitate His ministry methods
Multiply His life in the lives of others
As 21st Century disciples of Yeshua, it is simply not enough to fill our heads with Bible knowledge. The only thing that accomplishes is to make us prideful. We must also recognize that Messiah Jesus has commissioned us with a strategic plan for the development of new disciples that will follow Him anywhere. It is now time for Jesus’ disciples in the 21st Century to focus on the task of executing His strategy with our own lives at home, work, congregation, and all around the world wherever He leads us.
Viewed as a comprehensive chronologic harmony, the four Gospels reveal the historical sequence of Yeshua’s life and ministry. Four distinct stages of Messiah’s method on how to make disciples come into view when one takes the time to study Messiah’s life this way. A fabulous book that was written by Bill Hull, Jesus Christ, Disciple Maker, helped me to identify these stages. They are as follows:
Come and See: In the first stage of Yeshua’s disciple training process, the potential candidates were invited to travel with Him and observe His life and ministry. This invitation is seen in John 1:35-39. During the Come and See stage they simply traveled with Jesus to watch Him at work and ask questions as they traveled. He pointed them to the Scriptures in order to re-orient their biblical understanding and interpretation of them. With His own life, He demonstrated the correct application of what the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) taught.
Follow Me: With their initial disciple making orientation completed, Jesus’ new disciples were prepared to get some ministry experience doing very basic ministry tasks. Yeshua’s Follow Me invitation occurs in Luke 5:1-11, Matthew 4:18-22, and Mark 1:16-20. Their Rabbi made sure they had been fully prepared to take on any ministry responsibility before they were expected to perform it.
Be With Me: In Luke 6:12-16, Mark 3:13-19, Matthew 10:1-4, we see that Yeshua identified 12 men who would be with Him continually from that time forward. For the members of this group, He was available 24/7/365. During the Be With Me stage, Messiah’s intensively personal discipleship training process began to bear fruit in their lives. They were sent out to proclaim His Gospel throughout the land. During this pivotal disciple making stage, Jesus invited His disciples to be full partners in His ministry.
Abide In Me: In the last stage of their training, Jesus gave final instructions to His disciples in John 15:1-11. They would need to continually abide in Him to accomplish the work He intended to occupy the rest of their lives.
Disciple Daily is building a discipleship training model with these same four stages in mind. We are looking for potential Disciple Daily network partners all around the world to help us. Maybe we’re looking for you! If you believe God may calling you to join us, then here is your first invitation from Disciple Daily to Come & See.