“A discipler must have neither a fixed idea of what a disciple looks, talks, and acts like nor a static idea of how to “make a disciple.” No program or person will ever make a disciple. Only God makes disciples.”
Bill Hull ~ Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker
There have been many variations on this theme expressed by commenters on the Making Disciples Facebook Page. Restated simply, the claim is that
“People don’t Make Disciples, God Does.”
I have to wonder what end the means of these kinds of statements have? Do they simply want people to recognize that it’s not them who converts the soul? Do they want others to take great caution in making actual disciples and not just converts? Do they want people to not actively pursue the command of Christ to make disciples? I’m not quite sure.
Regardless, Jesus told us to make disciples. Yes, us! There’s been a heightened sense of obedience to this call in the past few years within Christendom. Folks are saying we should “make disciples who make disciples,” and the like. People are being called “disciple makers” and are being called to be “disciple makers.” Just Google “disciple maker,” and look at all of the ministries, people, churches, and organizations that seek to equip “disciple makers.”
Confession: In my twitter profile description, I too once had “Disciple Maker.” I don’t anymore. I’ve changed it to something else. I’m not really hung up on whether we should be calling ourselves or others “disciple makers,” but I’d like to know what your thoughts are. And so, I’d like to ask a few questions:
Is there anything biblically wrong with calling ourselves or others “Disciple Makers?”
Is there a better biblical term for those who make disciples?
What fruitful purpose does it serve to say that “people don’t make disciples, God does.” ?
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