Jesus’ Way of Discipleship and Leadership
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
The above message was delivered by Jesus Himself in person, after His resurrection from the dead and before His ascension, witnessed and recorded in Acts of the Apostles 1:9-11.
This is the mandate for all born-again Christians and the church (the body of Christ).
Known as the Great Commission, this mandate is such a mammoth task it will involve people called of God from all background, talents and skills to serve Him for the sake of the kingdom of God.
Gospel outreach and discipleship requires team-work and partnership.
(1) Being a disciple of Jesus
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
The process and progress of discipleship starts and continue when we are constantly submitted to renewal and transformation of the Holy Spirit through daily practice of trust, faith and obedience upon Jesus’ teaching and commandments –
(Romans 12:1-2) – I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
(Titus 3:3-7) For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Salvation belongs to God and through Jesus we are being transformed, renewed and in expectation of eternal life as we abide in Him.
(2) Being a leader for Jesus
Effective and fruitful leadership happens when we are submitted to the supremacy of Christ and dies to our self-will in embracing our stewardship to fulfill the will of God for others
(Colossians 1:18) – And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
(Matthew 24:45) – “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?
There is a Biblical pattern for church planting, church management and church growth, and everything that happens in church and Christian fellowship needs to follow the ways of Jesus Christ who is the founder of our faith –
(Acts 11:25-26) – So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.