Our Purpose for Meeting is Men’s Discipleship
What is a Disciple?
Go, and make disciples of all nations…most of us would agree that this is the most important mission we’ve received from our Master, Jesus Christ. But in order to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20), we first have to understand what exactly it is we are making.
In the Bible, the word for disciple literally means “pupil” or “learner.” When applied to Christians, a disciple came to mean someone who declared a personal allegiance to Jesus and His teachings. By the example of Scripture, we see that making a disciple went far beyond just imparting information or spiritual wisdom. It involved a life-changing transformation of a man—from asleep to awake, blind to seeing, dead to alive.
When Jesus called His twelve disciples, they left everything to follow Him for three years. They listened to His teachings, ate meals together, experienced His miracles, grew in understanding, failed and were restored, and participated in His ministry to the poor, the sick, the outcast, the broken. When we make disciples, we are calling men to the greatest pursuit a person can aspire to.
- A disciple is called to walk with Christ; they possess faith in Jesus Christ.
- A disciple is equipped to live like Christ; they are engaged in a process of spiritual growth and transformation.
- A disciple is sent to work for Christ; they serve the Lord.
The biblical case for this definition can be made by examining Paul’s admonition to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
Making a mature disciple is helping a man to understand, believe and live out the truth of the gospel. As a man does this, he is transformed by the working of the Holy Spirit in his life.
While the surrounding culture is focused on telling men to just be better, to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps, we believe in a higher calling—one which leads to lasting change—as men follow in the footsteps of the Savior.
There is no better calling than this. Will you join us?