On mission

Matthew 28:20  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus didn’t call us to make converts, He called us to make disciples.  This means the work doesn’t end when a person puts their faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins.  The next step for us is to teach them all that He taught.  They must know His ways.

What is teaching?  Not all of us are cut out to tutor someone on the Bible, so surely we’re off the hook; right?  Not quite.  Teaching someone what they need to know about following Christ begins with modeling it.  Making a disciples begins with living like one.  We teach through our lives, and then we teach what’s on paper.  They both happen.

We don’t have to be theological geniuses to mentor someone.  There are steps to understanding the Bible, and we only need to get the new believer started on learning basic biblical truths, motivated by love for Jesus, and heading in the right direction of obedience.  Then, after they show that they are committed to growing, we let them branch out on their own, little by little, feeding themselves.  We can only teach what we know, so we have to be constantly learning too.