“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 28:19)
Yes, I went King James, and I love the phrase here: ‘teach all nations.’ The reality is that we all have been involved in teaching, even in our early informative years. We’ve just not always been teaching for Jesus. In that, teaching derives from many avenues. Who are you following? How are you influencing the people watching you?
Here three ways we teach, or in this case, make disciples.
The most basic understanding of teaching is to communicate the truth. “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31,32) Communicating the Word is one the most powerful weapons we can use to teach people the things of God. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing comes from the Word of God. Right handling God’s Word, has the ability to change hearts, conform lives, transform mind etc…
A Living Apostle
Are we living in such a way that people are seeing Christ? How are we using our Words, is our service reflecting a life indwelled by Holy Spirit? Right now, I’m being convicted writing this thought. After Jesus washed the disciple’s feet, he commanded them to do likewise. Furthermore, he even washed the feet of Judas, knowing who he was and what he was about to do. “Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:27)
Dealing with Sin/issues
I know with hyper-grace movement, we don’t think we can talk about sin… but the realty of our sin, our issues, will in fact hinder the disciple-making process. “The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near. So let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12) Sin affects our ability see God clearly, to hear truth, be an effective minister and the like…
These are three of the many ways we can teach people the things of God and for ourselves stay teachable. Remember: We are disciples and we are making-disciples.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “Live as a credible witness. If our actions don’t line up with the message we’re proclaiming, we risk losing our credibility.”
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!” Psalm 40:16