Disciple-making is the process by which a maturing believer invests himself, for a particular period of time, in one or just a few younger believers, in order to help their growth in the faith — including helping them also to invest in others who will invest in others. Such was the lion’s share of Jesus’s “public ministry” — from the time he called to only twelve, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19), until he sent them out, “Go, and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
Actively making disciples helps us see our lives in better
proportion — not with ourselves at the center, doing the big things, but
situated happily on the periphery, doing our small part of a big and glorious
God-sized plan. It is astonishing that Jesus summons his church to carry out
the Great Commission. God uses weak and sinful people to accomplish the work of
sending out the call of the gospel into this world. The Great Commission is the
task of making
disciples from every tribe tongue and nation. The vision is
huge — as big as it could be. And yet our part is small. We hope FPC will be a
place that fosters grace-oriented disciple makers willing to engage in this
mission right here in Greenville and beyond.