“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus’ final command to us is to, both, be made as a disciple and to make others into disciples. To be a follower of Jesus is to be in these types of intentional relationships.
This is what we call a coaching relationship; one person intentionally investing in another person to help them take next steps with God. While we mean exactly what Jesus commanded in Matthew 28, new language helps to reframe an often misunderstood word: discipleship. Too many times the concept of discipleship is simply an exchange of information. And while “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded” includes an exchange of information, it also requires imitation. How else can you obey what Jesus commanded if you don’t put it into practice? The Apostle Paul said it this way in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”
1. Ask someone you respect & see as a mature follower of Jesus.
(Not sure where to look? Ask someone on the team you serve on or in your small group. Not in a group? Then take that step first & find a group near you here. Email your Campus Pastor for more direction, if needed.)
2. Sign the Coaching Covenant with them (download).
(this helps clarify things like; time commitment, your next step goals, etc)
3. Pick the type of study you want to do: 320, Recommended Book, NextSteps course powered by RightNow Media.
(each are explained a bit more below)
4. Start taking next steps as you grow in obedience & knowledge of all that Jesus taught.
(for more on how to coach someone else read here)
320 Bible Study
NextSteps course powered by RightNow Media