CGBCI National Conference
June 26 - July 1, 2020
5700 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
1-877-270-1393 or 616-957-1770
Room rate $85.00 a night plus tax. Mention Conservative Grace Brethren Churches, International or CGBCI for the group rate.
When you hear, “make disciples,” what do you think?
For some, they may apply that command primarily to sharing the Gospel of Jesus with those who have never heard before. Others may look to the end of Matthew 28:19 and say, “Well, we need to teach these converts all that Jesus commanded.” Guess what? Both groups are right! Making disciples is a process that involves both outward movement (from within the body of Christ to the unbelieving community) and internal growth, as believers challenge one another to become more like Christ. Thankfully, God didn’t leave us wondering what to do – there are numerous examples in the NT of how to make disciples outside of the church and also within the local assembly.
Here is a good sample of ideas, as explained by John Piper in a recent blog post:
“As far as training Christians how to think and feel and act as a Christian — that is, discipling in the sense of growing them into more and more maturity — that happens in so many ways in the New Testament. Here is just a grocery list of possibilities:
Titus 2:4 — Older women are to train younger women.
2 Timothy 2:2 — Paul trained Timothy to train others to train others.
Ephesians 6:4 — Fathers are to train their children.
Matthew 28:20 — Missionaries are to teach the nations everything Jesus commanded.
Hebrews 3:13 — All Christians are to exhort each other every day to avoid sin and to stir each other up to love and good works (see also Hebrews 10:24–25).
1 Peter 4:10 — All Christians are to use their gifts to serve others.
Acts 18:24–26 — Priscilla and Aquila, on the spur of the moment it seems, explained the way of God more accurately to Apollos.
And we could go on and on.”
To read the whole post, go here: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-is-discipleship-and-how-is-it-done
One challenge I leave you with for this month: Is what you think about “making disciples” consistent with all the New Testament says about this important work?
Conference President Pastor Jonathan Edwards