One of the phrases we use at C3 is we want to be a church of disciples making disciples. What does that mean? It’s based on what we call the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. Jesus said to his disciples, “Go and make disciples.”
A disciple is an apprentice of Jesus. A disciple gets his or her instructions for life from Him, imitates Him, and immerses his or her entire experience in Him.
I came across a quote the other day I found interesting, “If you make disciples, you always get the church. But if you make a church, you rarely get disciples.” When you decide to make a church, you attract consumers who depend on a spiritual service religious professionals provide. When you decide to make disciples, you get followers of Jesus Christ who make up the church.
On that note, we do not build the church. Jesus said he will build his church. That’s his job. Our job is to make disciples. It is the commandment he gave us. There is no plan B.
This is the challenge of discipleship. Staying focused on the task Jesus gave us to complete.