The Best Discipleship Program

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Ephesians 3:17 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”

“Bro. Domelle, what is the discipleship program you use to disciple those you lead to Christ?” This is the question I am often asked, but my answer is not what most are looking for. Many want me to tell them how long I have a new convert go through what man has called a discipleship program; however, what man calls a discipleship program is nowhere found in the Scriptures.

People don't become a disciple by sitting in a room with someone teaching them because God’s discipleship program is a lifelong service to Him. Yes, we are commanded to be rooted and grounded, but we miss two very critical words that show how a person is rooted and grounded. The verse above says, “…being rooted and grounded in love, Notice, you cannot be rooted and grounded without love. 1 John 4:8 says, “…God is love.” In other words, only God can define love. So, what is the love of God? Let me share a few thoughts with you about what the love of God is so that you can see God’s discipleship program.

First, God’s discipleship program involves being faithful to church. Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” If Christ loved the church, that would mean that being faithful to church is where people are grounded and rooted. If a person is faithful to every church service, they will be rooted and grounded if the pastor is preaching God’s Word. I have never found a person who is unfaithful to church to be grounded and rooted. The more you go to church, the more your faith is established. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Notice that by hearing the Word of God your faith is built. You will do more to get your converts grounded in the faith by getting them to be faithful to church than you ever will by having a sit-down discipleship program for a few weeks.

Second, God’s discipleship program involves being a soul winner. The love of God is that Christ left Heaven to reach the lost. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Notice that the love of God was going to reach the lost. In other words, if you are going to ground people in the faith, they must become soul winners. Your faith grows by trying to reach people for Christ. Nothing is dearer to the heart of God than reaching the lost for Christ. The reason the churches in Acts were thriving is because the believers were grounded and rooted, but they were grounded and rooted because they were actively soul winning daily. You cannot be a disciple of Christ without being a soul winner. Christ’s life was about reaching the lost; therefore, you can have all the knowledge of God’s Word and not be Christ’s disciple if you don’t go soul winning. Soul winning will help you ground more people in the faith because of the dialogue that happens while you are soul winning together.

Are you involved in God’s discipleship program? Understand that God’s discipleship program is not static, but it is active; it is not sitting, but it is service to God. You only become rooted and grounded to become a disciple of Christ by actively being faithful to church and by reaching the lost for Christ. Anything else than these two things will not produce disciples.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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