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Growing the Church: The Call to Teach and Disciple

The central mission of the church, is to spread the message of God’s love, grace, and salvation to all corners of the world.

This mission includes not only sharing the Gospel with others but also teaching and discipling new believers to help them grow in their faith and relationship with God.

As followers of Christ, we are called to be active participants in the growth of the church, both in numbers and in spiritual maturity.

The Great Commission

The foundation of our call to teach and disciple others can be found in the words of Jesus known as the Great Commission. In the Gospel of Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says to his disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

This commandment from Jesus is a clear directive to all believers to spread the Gospel, make disciples, and teach others to follow God’s ways. It is a call to action that requires intentionality, dedication, and a deep love for both God and others.

The Role of Teaching

Teaching is a vital aspect of growing the church because it equips believers with the knowledge and understanding they need to live out their faith effectively. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, the apostle Paul writes, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

By teaching others the truths found in the Bible, we help them develop a solid foundation for their faith and equip them to live in a way that honors God. Teaching also helps believers grow in their understanding of God’s character, His promises, and His will for their lives.

The Importance of Discipleship

Discipleship goes beyond teaching—it involves walking alongside others, guiding and mentoring them as they grow in their relationship with God. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul instructs Timothy, “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”

Discipleship is a relational process that requires investing time, energy, and love into the lives of others. It involves not only sharing knowledge but also modeling what it looks like to live a life that reflects the teachings of Jesus. Through discipleship, we help others deepen their faith, develop spiritual disciplines, and become more like Christ in their thoughts, words, and actions.

As members of the body of Christ, we are called to be active participants in the growth of the church by fulfilling the Great Commission, teaching the Word of God, and engaging in the discipleship of believers. By obeying this call, we contribute to the expansion of God’s kingdom on earth and help others experience the transformative power of His love and grace.

Let us embrace our role as teachers and disciplers with joy and commitment, knowing that God has equipped us with everything we need to fulfill His purposes. May we be faithful stewards of the Gospel, sharing it boldly and lovingly with all whom we encounter, so that the church may continue to grow and flourish for the glory of God.