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CATCH A FISH AND CLEAN IT

Once you evangelise how do you disciple?


ONLY JESUS CAN DO THE CLEANING?

Recently I released a post on social media by a Dr contact of mine which stated:

'Once you catch a fish, you need to clean it'.

My Dr contact was referring to evangelism absent of following through on practical discipleship.


ONLY JESUS CAN DO THE CLEANING?

Several respondents to my social media post seemed to believe that only Jesus should do the cleaning. I agree, only He can sanctify through the Holy Spirit and we must never forgot or undermine this. However, Matthew 28: 19 reminds us to 'make disciples'. So what should our practical response and responsibility be as leaders of the faith? Do we wait for the process of change in an individual or can we be a facilitator? I believe if we follow Jesus examples of practical discipleship (Luke 9 and Matthew 10 are two of many examples), you will note that He won a few men and women to Him, trained them well, and released them to repeat the process over again. We can learn much about discipleship by studying how Jesus trained the tweleve.


DISCIPLESHIP IS MORE THAN BIBLE STUDY

Jesus method was more than the accumulation of knowledge. I say this because typically in the 21st century Christian leaders equate training with the accumulation of knowledge about God through bible study. The study of God's word is crucial. However, Jesus was more action-oriented; his disciples learned by duplicating what he did. I call it on the job training! In so doing, Jesus and His the disciples facilitated a change in behaviour and attitudes in others. I am convinced that generally in some quarters of the Body of Christ, the habit of replicating what Jesus did has perhaps inadvertendly been forgotten. We are living in a age where the building of personal profile and brands through social media and other platforms in common place. The penchant for fame and noteriety has even infiltrated some quarters of the Church.p I have observed a tendancy for people to be discipled for the sake of a local church and its needs rather than a Kingdom agenda. Of course this does not happen everywhere and in every local church, however the trend seems to have impacted the way people are developeed. Imagine if we go back to basics and replicate all that Jesus taught us. The Church might once again be seens

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