The first century disciples changed the lives of people by talking, helping, sharing, and doing a lot of walking. The 16th century disciples in the time of Martin Luther changed the lives of people by writing pamphlets, starting schools, and talking about Jesus Christ in their homes. Martin Luther did more than the other reformers in supporting the evangelical spirit of the church through preaching, teaching, publishing, and relating the Bible to daily experiences.
Digital disciples in the 21st century are changing the lives of people in a global context through video, social media, prayer groups, sharing, helping, and talking. We are changing the world by connecting one person at a time to Jesus Christ!
These ten inspirational Bible verses were selected to engage you in thinking about your calling as a disciple of and for Jesus Christ. They may also be used as a stimulus for discussion. ENJOY!
Step 1: “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’” Mark 16:15
Step 2: “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16
Step 3: “‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.’” John 15:16
Step 4: “‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:19-20
Step 5: “‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’” Acts 1:8
Step 6: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” Romans 10:14–15
Step 7: “Philip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’” John 1:45
Step 8: “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.” Titus 2:3
Step 9: “‘And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.’” 2 Timothy 2:2
Step 10: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19–20