Men's Disciplemaking is a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) located under the Office of Disciplemaking and Ministry Studies. 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.
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Part 5 of a Nine Part Series on the Role of Relationships in Building the Kingdom Of God
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16)
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God (1 John 4:15).
We engage in disciplemaking because of God's command and His desire that all receive eternal life (Titus 2:4). He made this possible by dying once for all (Hebrews 9:12). We are to make disciples as we go (Matthew 28:19). A disciple makes disciples!
An effective disciplemaker presents the gospel.
As our relationship with a non-believer grows, our conversation needs to turn to matters of the Spirit. That conversation may begin with the awareness that eternal life involves standing before a Holy God who will not allow sin in His presence (Matthew 5:48). Second, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Third, the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23). Finally, It is by faith that we are saved not by our efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Consider the alternative to eternal life: eternal death. We will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Hell is the place of eternal fire (Jude 1:7; Revelation 21:8; Matthew 13:50). That means that those who reject God’s saving grace through His Son Jesus Christ will endure an eternally horrific fire that burns but never consumes.
Looking In: Do you know key verses for leading someone to the Lord?
Looking Out: What is the temperature of the relationship with your mentee? What is the evidence that the person is ready for a discussion of salvation?
A disciple makes disciples.
Did you Know?
Teens with religeous fathers are more likely to say they enjoy spending time with dad and that they admire him. (Christian Smith and Phillip Kim, Religious Youth Are ... ," University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 12 July 2002.)