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.
All of us will be subjected to either of these two roles simultaneously …
(1) Being a disciple of Jesus
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
The process of discipleship starts when we conform to Christ-likeness in expressing the good and perfect will of God
(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.
(2) Being a leader for Jesus
Effective leadership happens when we submit to the supremacy of Christ
(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.
There is a Biblical pattern for church planting, church management and church growth –
(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.