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(Disciple-Making Minister) 001 - Setting the Right Goal

To be successful in God's eyes, it is essential that a minister understands the goal that God has set before him. If he doesn't understand his goal, he has no way of gauging if he has succeeded or failed in reaching it.[1] He may think he has succeeded when he has actually failed. And that is a grea... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 002 - True Saving Faith

When modern evangelists and pastors invite the unsaved to "accept Jesus as Savior," (a phrase and concept never found in Scripture), it usually reveals a fundamental flaw in their understanding of the gospel. When the Philippian jailer, for example, asked Paul what he must do to be saved, Paul did n... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 003 - The Big Vision

Let's go back to Matthew 28:18-19. After declaring His supreme lordship, Jesus then gave a commandment: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you" (Matt. 28:19-20a). ... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 004 - My Failure

Some years ago, when I was pastoring a growing church, the Holy Spirit asked me a question that opened my eyes to see how far short I was falling in fulfilling God's general vision. The Holy Spirit asked me the following question as I was reading about the future judgment of the sheep and the goats ... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 005 - A Time for Self-Examination

This would be a good time for every minister reading this book to ask himself or herself the same question the Holy Spirit asked of me: "If the people I minister to died right now and stood at the judgment of the sheep and the goats, how many would be sheep and how many would be goats?" When ministe... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 006 - Disciples of All Nations

Before we move on, let's look once more at Matthew 28:19-20, the Great and General Commission that Jesus gave to His disciples, to see if we can glean any other truths from it. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spiri... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 007 - Jesus Defines Discipleship

We've established that Jesus' overriding goal for us is that we make disciples, that is, people who have repented of their sins and who are learning and obeying His commandments. Jesus further defined what a disciple is in John 8:32: If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 008 - A Second Requirement

Jesus continued speaking to the multitudes that day who were going along with Him by saying, Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple (Luke 14:27). This is the second requirement Jesus laid down to be His disciple. What did He mean? Are disciples required to liter... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 009 - A Third Requirement

Jesus listed one more requirement of discipleship to the multitudes that day: So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all His own possessions (Luke 14:33). Again, it would seem logical to conclude that Jesus was using hyperbole. We don't need to give up all of our possess... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 010 - A Final Sobering Thought

Clearly, Jesus wants people to become His disciples, as revealed by His Words to the multitudes recorded in Luke 14:26-33. How important is to become His disciple? What if one chooses not to become His disciple? Jesus answered these questions at the close of His discourse in Luke 14: Therefore, salt... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 011 - Beginning Rightly

Biblically speaking, a disciple is a sincere believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, one who is abiding in His Word and consequently being set free from sin. A disciple is one who is learning to obey all of Christ's commandments, and one who loves Jesus more than his own family, his own comfort, and his ... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 012 - Redefining Discipleship

Although Jesus made it quite clear what a disciple is, many have replaced His definition with one of their own. For example, to some the word disciple is a vague term that applies to anyone who professes to be a Christian. To them, the word disciple has been stripped of all its biblical meaning. Oth... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 014 - The Origin of this False Doctrine

If the idea of two separate classes of Christians, the believers and the disciples, is not found in Scripture, how is such a doctrine defended? The answer is that this doctrine is solely supported by another false doctrine about salvation. That doctrine alleges that the demanding requirements for di... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 015 - A Woman Whom Jesus Saved by Grace Through Faith

A perfect picture of salvation offered by grace through faith is found in the story of Jesus' encounter with the woman caught in the act of adultery. Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you [that is grace, because she deserved to be condemned]; go your way; from now on sin no more" (John 8:11, ... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 016 - The New False Gospel

Because of a false concept of God's grace in salvation, the modern gospel has often been stripped of essential biblical elements that are considered incompatible with a message of grace. A false gospel, however, only produces false Christians, which is why such a large percentage of modern new "conv... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 017 - Repentance Redefined

Even in the light of so many scriptural proofs that salvation depends on repentance, some ministers still find a way to nullify its necessity by twisting its clear meaning to make it compatible with their faulty conception of God's grace. By their new definition, repentance is no more than a change ... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 018 - Jesus' Calls to Commitment

Not only did Jesus call the unsaved to turn from sin, He also called them to commit themselves to follow and obey immediately. He never offered salvation on lesser terms, as is often done today. He never invited people to "accept" Him, promising them forgiveness, and then later suggested that they m... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 019 - Sentence #1

If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me (Mark 8:34). Again, note that Jesus' words were addressed to anyone who wished to come after Him, anyone who wanted to become His follower. This is the only relationship Jesus initially offers—to be His fol... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 020 - Sentence #2

Jesus' second sentence makes the meaning of His first sentence even more clear: For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's shall save it (Mark 8:35). Again, notice this sentence begins with "For," relating it with the first sentence, ad... Read More

(Disciple-Making Minister) 021 - Sentences #3 & 4

Now the third and fourth sentences: For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37). In these the person is highlighted who will not deny himself. He is also the one who wishes to save his life but ultima... Read More

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