Our Biblical Purpose is simple - To Make Disciples – Redeemed sinners transformed by the Power of the Gospel who become Christ followers being molded into His image and in turn making other Disciples there by Glorifying God.
Matthew 28:16-20 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Following Jesus and making disciples is central in the New Testament. A disciple is, in a word, a LEARNER or a PUPIL.
The goal of a Disciple or Learner is to be like his teacher. Our goal is to be like Jesus! “The word disciple refers to a student apprentice. Disciples in Jesus’ day would follow their rabbi (teacher) wherever he went, learning from the rabbi’s teachings and being trained to do as the rabbi did. Basically, a disciple is a follower, but only if we take the term follower literally. Becoming a disciple of Jesus is as simple as obeying His call to follow.” Francis Chan “Multiply – disciples making disciples” page 16
Everything a DISCIPLE or LEARNER does centers upon Jesus. The command of Jesus in Matthew 28 is specific. As we are going, we are to MAKE DISCIPLES, which includes baptizing and teaching. Baptizing refers to proclaiming the Gospel message calling sinners to repent and believe the Gospel. After a person obeys that call, they are to identify themselves with Jesus in a public manner. Baptism is that public act to tell all those around that ‘I have obeyed Jesus’ call; I am now a follower of Jesus.’ Next is Teaching people to obey what JESUS taught in order to be His followers and learners. We teach God’s Word to ourselves and others and by God’s grace obey what He says. At Calvary, we are about BEING DISCIPLES & MAKING DISCIPLES. What does that look like? Remember, everything centers around Jesus and His Word. Everything centers on that relationship with Him.
L = Learn from Jesus
E = Engage with Jesus
A = Acclaim Jesus to others
R = Reproduce Jesus in others
N = Network our community to become Learners of Jesus
PRACTICALLY, HOW DO WE DO THIS?
L = Learn His Word (Read, Meditate, Memorize)
E = Engage His Word (Study, Dig, into the Word)
A = Acclaim His Word (Preach and Teach)
R = Respond to His Word (Apply and Do)
N = Nurture others in His Word. (Make Disciples – teach others to do the same.)
Our culture uses many words to describe this process, counseling, mentorship, and life coaching to name a few. We call it just what Jesus called it, MAKING DISCIPLES.