If I hear something more than a few times in a short period regarding the Making of Disciples, it sticks with me. I ruminate on the repeated idea, saying, or assumption, until I can no longer contain it. Recently, I’ve heard one of those things. In essence, it’s this; Making Disciples is simply about teaching others to hear God’s voice.
Without going into too much detail, here are my concerns with this idea:
1. It tends toward existential, subjective, and unsubstantiated claims of special revelation and teaches others to seek the same.
2. It tends towards not receiving what “has been spoken,” and mastering those things, “all things,” which Christ commanded first.
3. It ignores the idea that listening for the Father’s, Son’s, or Spirit’s voice is only one of the many commands which Jesus gave.
4. It suggests that “hearing God’s voice is something that is learned. Whereas Jesus said “my sheep hear my voice.”
5. It tends towards the abandoning new disciples in the trash cans of the world, indefensible, cold, and hungry.
Addendum: I want to make it clear that I am not suggesting we shouldn’t strive to hear from God, or better yet, ignore all the other noise so that we can hear God, I am simply suggesting the Making of Disciples is more than simply teaching others to hear His voice.
I will add more to these initial thoughts, but I wanted to ask you one question:
Is Disciple Making, in essence, just teaching others to hear God’s voice?