To some of us, a Disciple Making Movement sounds intimidating. Sure, you might think, I want people to know Jesus. But I’m not usually very bold in conversation. How could I share God with someone in a way that leads to multiplying churches throughout my city and nation? It seems obvious that we should leave that part of the DMM cycle to the evangelistically gifted ones among us.
Or is it?
It turns out, making disciples that multiply doesn’t actually have to be a daunting task after all. Even if you aren’t outgoing or evangelistically gifted.
1. Be Yourself
Do you realize that you being made in the image and likeness of God means that you were created to makes disciples? From the most introverted ones among us to the extroverts on center stage, we reflect the likeness of our Creator. At the core of His character is a desire for relationship with us. That means showing up in a conversation with a lost person requires nothing more than being yourself. You know unique things. You’re wired to think in a unique way. And the person in front of you will learn more about God and His character by interacting with your true self than any overly prepared, rehearsed Gospel presentation.
2. What Is Something You Are Gifted At?
Are you artistic? Do you understand math and science? Do you love to bake? Are you handy around the house? Do you appreciate good food? Are you someone who enjoys opening their home to people for events or gatherings?
Everything mentioned above allows for disciple making. An open house with a welcoming host is a perfect place to host a Discovery Bible Study (DBS). Math and Science provide us insight into a Creator who cared about the details of what is around us and ourselves. Fixing someone’s toilet or kitchen faucet is an act of service they’ll be extremely grateful for and may even give you enough time in their home for them to open up about their lives. A simple chocolate chip cookie goes a very long way in caring for someone who is in need.
Don’t underestimate the gifts you do have and their ability to be doorways into relationship and conversation with those around you.
3. Find Ways to Serve
Time and time again in Scripture, we see the example of Jesus in serving others. He washed people’s feet. He served a meal to thousands of people. He cared for the weak, elderly, sick, and young. The Good News of relationship with God was made manifest in the flesh through a man who laid down His life for others.
How can you serve those around you? What are their needs and how can you help meet them today?
4. Every Day Things Can Be Eternal
Maybe it’s because I’m a mom to littles right now, but I’ve recently started to notice that disciple making can be for me too when I allow myself to view the more mundane things around me as having an eternal impact. My service to my children every day provides a safe environment to experience the love and care of God. Allowing someone to cut in front of me at the grocery store checkout line because I can tell they’re far more stressed than me demonstrates their value and worth. Calling up a friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a while simply to say hello might seem small to you but is likely well timed and deeply meaningful to the recipient of your phone call. Asking for—and remembering—someone’s name when you first meet them places importance not just on your interaction with them but on them as a person.
What small, everyday thing do you do each day that could be viewed with a more eternal lens?
5. Depend on Scripture
All Scripture is God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s alive and active (Hebrews 4:12) giving it power to see change, relevance to our daily lives, and encouragement in our weariness. With that in mind, allow Scripture to be the driving force when you’re making disciples. It will cut through any awkwardness, lack of knowing what to say next, or confusion. He left us with His words so we’d never have to rely on ourselves or even our giftings to see the Great Commission fulfilled.
Having such a big vision can feel intimidating, even if you do consider yourself extroverted, or evangelistically gifted. But I’m so thankful that God has promised to be the one driving the task forward, and all we have to do is trust Him. Sometimes trusting Him means believing that He has equipped us with everything we need, just as we are.
Once you have followed these 5 pieces of advice, it’s likely that you’ll have the opportunity to facilitate a DBS. When I lead DBS, I like to use the Waha app to take any of the guess work out of what to Scripture to read or what to ask next. You can download it for free by clicking here.
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