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How WE Make Disciples

December 18, 2015


“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  Ephesians 5: 21

I quote this verse today because Jorge made a thought provoking statement in a comment on a long ago blog.  He said this…..”Without submission there is no discipleship.”  I believe there is truth in that statement, but not in the way Jorge intended it.

When Jesus gave “The Great Commission” He made it very clear that a primary purpose of the Church was to “make disciples” or to help others develop a deep and meaningful relationship with God and the Body of Christ.  The traditional “church” is failing miserably at this because they think it can be done by right preaching, teaching and correct doctrine.  Few, if any, disciples can be made from a pulpit; but that is their main go to plan.

The only way to make true disciples is via personal relationship and laying your life down for them.  If you open up and share your very life with someone, you then are given the opportunity to share the gospel too.  In healthy relationships there is always mutual submission and a free & open exchange of convictions, thoughts and ideas.  The key is that we come alongside each other and never seek a place above someone else.  We should never forget that in Christ we are all equal sibling peers.  Differently gifted at times, but still mutual peers at all times.

Jesus desires that His Church would operate in total unity and love.  This can never happen where a human hierarchy exists.  Because when there are offices and positions that place some Christ followers over and above other Christ followers there is no true unity.  How can we ever be ONE in Christ unless everything is mutual and shared, including leadership?  Never forget that everyone in His Church is gifted and called.  If we would truly submit to one another out of reverence for Christ…. the Church would be transformed and new disciples would be made every day.  The way we overcome and grow is brother to brother, sister to sister, friend to friend, and NOT Pastor to congregation.  We need each other in the Body of Christ.  Please cast down all your crowns and titles and seek His face today in one accord.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

P.s.  Special thanks to everyone who prayed for the Murphy family and Judy’s funeral today.  It could not have gone any better.  We laughed, cried and held each other close in our hearts.  Was even able to open it up so that anyone so inclined could share.  Afterwards three people came to me and asked how they could receive the fullness of Christ in their lives, even though I made no such direct appeal.  Jesus is just so amazing and real that it totally blows me away.










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  1. The following was posted on facebook about this current blog post:
    Giovanni Riccitelli Everything you said here is what we are saying too. I like how you emphasised WE in making disciples. It is amazing, and sad, how so few realize ‘we’ were to make disciples, its not the job of an ‘elite’ professional in a robe or pulpit. Friendship, sharing, communion and conversation are the crowning high points, goals, and the joy of Christianity, yet none of this happens during a lecture. Ahh men brother Kirk.

  2. "BK" permalink

    What a wonderful testimony to Jesus working at the memorial service for Judy. That was so beautiful! I cringe when I hear people say it is our ‘duty’ to ‘share Jesus’ with people because of the great commission. I share Him because I love Him and think He’s the best thing since sliced bread (before sliced bread???). He’s my constant companion and faithful friend. Love, “BK”

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