Men's Disciplemaking is a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Our purpose is to assist churches in developing healthy ministries to men. We encourage local churches to build effective and intentional methods for creating, capturing and sustaining a ministry to men that is unique to its own situation. To assist churches in building on that framework, we seek best practices and success stories in discipling men from across The Alliance. Our vision is to see churches move men from the community and disciple them into service. The website is based on the "No Man Left Behind" model developed by Man in the Mirror. For more information on the model go to: www.nomanleftbehind.org.
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Step Six of a Nine Part Series on the Role of Relationships in Building the Kingdom Of God
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:11-13).
John’s resounding statement of faith is the capstone of salvation. Each believer must acknowledge that eternal life comes as a gift from God. Not something that is deserved or earned.
An effective disciplemaker moves a person from salvation to assurance of salvation.
It is great to be present when someone takes the step of faith and accepts Jesus as Savior. But the job is not done at that point. It is important that the new believer understand the decision they have made. They must acknowledge their step of faith. It is a matter of knowing that Jesus died for their sins and that they are now in the family of God.
Secondly, they need to give testimony to what they have done: “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
Looking In: Do you have assurance of your salvation?
Looking Out: Are professing believers around you assured of their faith? Do they know they have eternal life?
A disciple leads a new believer to assurance of salvation.
The next step is to move a person from assurance of salvation into discipleship.
Did you Know?
A study from Hartford Seminary found that the presence of involved men wass statistically correlated with church growth, health, and harmony. Meanwhile a lack of male participation is strongly associated with congregational decline. (Facts on Growth)