The 20th century Church divided Matthew 28:19-20 into two Christian disciplines: evangelism and discipleship. And there’s nothing wrong with this distinction. However, Jesus’ commission (i.e., His instruction) is a single command—wherever you go make disciples.
Yes, this command is multifaceted: the leading of others to Jesus, the celebration of coming to Jesus in baptism, and the follow-up of teaching. Discipleship is all about salvation. The saving of God's people—justification, sanctification, and glorification. It's the journey of learning how to get saved and live saved. The biblical language of making disciples always begins with introducing others to Jesus and walking alongside in support—both for the unsaved and the saved. One command—wherever you go make disciples.
An Introduction—introducing an unbelieving world to Jesus as Lord and introducing Jesus to a believing world as Life. The same Gospel for sinners to get saved is also for saints. The Gospel of Jesus' death, burial, resurrection, and enthronement. Pastor Ron captures this real and true salvation in the following caption—a repentance that ignites the human heart with a Life of saving faith. So, others might get saved and learn to live saved. This Gospel begins with an introduction.
An Immersion—baptism is twofold:
1) there's the physical baptism in water—a symbol of the new Life we receive the moment we repent and believe. A shout out of praise and worship... and—
2) a spiritual drowning into Jesus' Life, by those who repent and believe; encouraging their now tender and responsive hearts toward God and His Word
TO THAT END...
NHE's Find True Identity Discipleship offers the opportunity to surrender to God's call to repent and believe (Mark 1:15), with a repentance that leads to a Life of saving faith in Jesus Christ (Act 11:18). In other words, we get saved to live saved. We are set free to learn how to live free. To that end, as God's children, we dive deeply into His Word. Into His Gospel. For in and through the Gospel—Jesus—changes how we think, choose, and feel about God and others, about ourselves and our struggles. When repentance ignites our hearts with a Life of saving faith, we embark upon an exciting adventure—a journey of spiritual growth and wellbeing. Learning to live from Jesus’ Life within.
SO, WHAT IS TRUE DISCIPLESHIP?