What does it mean to make disciples? Sometimes I think we have it all wrong. When Jesus gave the great commission in Matthew 28, I donít believe that His intention was for us to scale discipleship down to inviting our neighbor to a special service at our church or giving them a Christmas card explaining the real meaning of Christmas.
No, discipleship is much, much more than that. Look at Jesusí time during His ministry. His twelve men seldom left His side, and Jesus associated with outcast sinners on a regular basis. (I have to ask myself if I even have anyone in my cell phone contacts list that doesnít profess to be a Christian.) Somehow we have missed this message. Jesus didnít leave discipling up to pastors and missionaries but to everyone who claims to be His follower.
This brings up another question: Am I really a disciple of Jesus if I donít even know how to explain the Gospel? I find it terrifying to think that there are many who say they are saved but donít know how to explain the very Gospel that saved them.
We Careís Discover summer outreach attempts to tackle some of these questions. While we certainly do not have all the answers, we do hope to walk out disciple-making as a group in Alabama prisons...and what better place is there to share the Gospel? Most inmates are at the lowest point in their life and are open to talk about eternal matters.
If you would like to learn how to share your faith or become more at ease in spiritual conversations, we invite you to consider Discover. For more information, please download the Discover Brochure and/or Application.