What does it mean to make disciples?
How can you embrace your purpose and fulfill your part of the Great Commission?
You can be a disciple by sharing the gospel with others and helping them prepare to do the same.
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, for which God prepared us beforehand."
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God created you with unique gifts and abilities to fulfill your divine purpose. He has placed you in a certain place and will provide you with job opportunities in every period of your life.
Your main goal is to enjoy and glorify God in everything you do. You reach your goal every day by loving and obeying God, loving others, and making disciples. read our articleWhich is my goal?Learn more.
Memorize these verses to remind yourself to live your purpose every day to the glory of God.
12 Bible verses on how to make disciples
1) Mateo 28:18-20
«And Jesus came near and said to them: All power has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 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, until the end of the world."
The Great Commission is God's instruction to us believers to live for His purpose, share Jesus, and train others to live with Him as Lord of their lives, making disciples of all nations.
2) At 4:15 p.m.
"And he said to them: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."
God wants us to tell everyone about Jesus and His sacrifice. And of all of him he says the word “totality”, meaning that God came for ALL of us, for every person in every nation.
(3) Page 13:15-1
“Because I have given you an example, as I have done to you, do. Truly, truly, I say to you, the servant is not greater than his master, nor is the messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."
Jesus gives us all an example of servant leadership when he washes the feet of his disciples. Humble yourself before God as you share the gospel. No one is worthy of the supreme sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and we are all equal in the eyes of God. As the saying goes: "The earth is flat at the foot of the cross."
(4) Page 13:34-3
“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
As we make disciples and equip others to share, we must remember Jesus' instructions to do so with love in our hearts. Jesus gave this instruction when he washed the feet of his disciples and called it the "new" commandment. You show God's love for you in the way you treat others.
5) Acts 1:8
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he gave this command to his disciples. As a believer in Jesus, you receive the Holy Spirit to transform and equip you to be a witness to God's love and grace.
6) Acts 5:42
"And every day in the temple and from house to house they did not cease to teach and preach that Jesus is the Christ."
The early Witnesses suffered, but despite the consequences, they went from house to house every day, showing their conviction and commitment to the preaching of the gospel. If they can spread the gospel through the odds, so can we.
(7) Page 15:8-1
“In this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Stay in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love."
When you share Jesus with others, God is glorified. Since his main purpose is to enjoy and glorify God, he remains in his love when he obeys.
(8) Page 15:26-2
“But when the Counselor comes, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, will bear witness about me. And you will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning."
In some Bible translations, "Helper" is also known as Comforter, Comforter, or Advocate. No matter what title you use, you can count on the Holy Spirit working in and through you as you share Jesus with others. That is their role: to glorify Jesus (John 16:14).
9) 2 Timothy 2:1-2
You, then, my son, be strengthened by the grace that is in Jesus Christ, and what you heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, transmit it to the faithful people, that he will be able to teach others as well."
The power of God is available to you when you share the gospel. Spending time teaching others how to have a deep and authentic relationship with Jesus is an integral part of being a disciple of Jesus.
10) Romans 10:13-15
"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how will they believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how will they hear if no one preaches? And how will they preach if they are not sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the good news!"
Remember, if you don't tell them, they may never hear about Jesus. The gospel is for everyone. And God has appointed us to speak to others (2 Corinthians 2:14) and to go places where people need to hear.
(11) Jan. 15:1
"You did not choose me, but I chose you and commanded you to go and bear fruit and let your fruit remain, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you."
God chooses you, time and place to share with others. He has already prepared the way, it is our duty to be witnesses of him. Even if you share without knowing all the answers, or share with weakness and trembling, you cannot escape. Silence only when the Holy Spirit prompts you to speak is a sin. He will give you the right words (Luke 12:12) and bear fruit through you (John 15). Remain in Jesus, knowing that you have been chosen for a time and a place.
12) Mateo 4:19
“As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrés, who were casting their nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. And he said to them: Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. They immediately left their nets and followed him. As he passed by, he saw two other brothers, James of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with his father Zebedee mending the nets, and he called them. They immediately left the boat and his father and followed him."
Why do you think the first disciples of Jesus left everything to follow him? Because it was an invitation. These words established cultural norms and felt chosen. Read more about the power of the two words "follow me" andHow to share Jesus with confidence.
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Matt. 28 Verses 19 to 20
 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 lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.
The command to “go and make disciples” has for many decades been understood to be synonymous with “go and make converts.” In other words, go out to evangelize nonbelievers and help them come to faith in Jesus Christ.What does Paul say about making disciples? ›
“'And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. '” Paul reminds Timothy that he cannot do all the work of ministry on his own. He needs to build up disciples that he can delegate the work of disciple-making to.Who mandated us to go and make disciples of all nations? ›
A mandate was given by Jesus to his disciples and that is to “go and make disciples to all nations.” The authority and task on what to do was clearly given by Jesus to his disciples.Where in the Bible does it say I will make an end to all nations? ›
For I am with you,' says the LORD, 'to save you; Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, Yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, And will not let you go altogether unpunished.Where is the scripture about all nations coming together? ›
Isaiah 66:18 – “And I, because of their actions and their imaginations, am about to come and gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see my glory.”Why is there a need to make disciples of all nations? ›
Discipleship is necessary because people need to know Jesus personally. Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples of all nations so that others could know Him. Discipleship is also necessary for you to be grown into maturity and transformed more into the person He has created you to be.What is the meaning of all nations in Matthew 28 19? ›
Specifically, the disciples are to make more disciples of all nations. This means people from every people group and ethnicity on earth. Through Jesus, God's relationship with humanity has moved beyond Israel to include people from every corner of the world who come to the Father through the Son.Who are qualified to make disciples? ›
IF YOU'RE IN CHRIST, YOU'RE QUALIFIED TO MAKE DISCIPLES. SHARE YOUR STORY WITH OTHERS AND INVITE THEM TO TRUST IN HIM.What is the making of a true disciple? ›
A true disciple is not just involved but is committed to take up his own cross and follow Jesus to the very end. That is a complete and lasting commitment as described by Dr. Lee, "Live as if Christ died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back again tomorrow."
Ephesians 2:10 reads “For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” But doesn't that contradict what comes two verses earlier: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”What is the Bible verse Matthew 4:19? ›
The first thing we're putting on the wall is Matthew 4:19. Jesus said, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of people.” Not only is this a call that Jesus makes to Peter and Andrew, but also to each one of us.What does Matthew 28:19 20 teach about? ›
In Matt. 28:19-20, Jesus says that if you want Him to bless your effort—and stay with you to the end of it—then your effort must center on teaching people to obey everything He commanded.What are the three ways to make disciples? ›
To make disciples you must take the unbeliever through the activities of soul-winning, baptism, and teaching or nurturing him to obey the word of God. Jesus Christ did every one of these activities; He won souls, baptized, and taught them.What does Matthew 28 18 20 teach us? ›
The Great Commission in 28:18-20 is about the commandment that Jesus gave to his disciples to make disciples of all nations and teach them all things that Jesus has commanded.What did God say about the other nations? ›
7:9–10, John the Seer sees “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the ...What is the 7 nations Scripture? ›
Moses declared, “When the LORD your God delivers them [the seven nations] before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them.” Israel was given a privilege to be in a covenant relationship with the LORD. They were chosen by God to be His “own possession among all the peoples” (Exodus 19:5).What verse is a blessing to the nations? ›
"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."Where in the Bible does it say there are two nations? ›
And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, And two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; And the one people shall be stronger than the other people; And the elder shall serve the younger.What Scripture says above all nations? ›
Deuteronomy 26:19 English Standard Version 2016 (ESV)
and that he will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that he has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised.”
But in Mark 16:15, Jesus used a different word to tell us who we are to “target” with the Gospel message. He said, “… Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” The word “world” in this verse is from the Greek word kosmos.Which gospel must reached all nations? ›
In 1831 He revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith, “This gospel shall be preached unto every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (D&C 133:37). We can look to our Savior as an example of how to share the gospel. He taught the gospel clearly (see Matthew 5–7).What are the four basics of discipleship? ›
Disciple making includes both parts. There are four essentials when you are discipling a person – 1) the Word of God, 2) the people of God, 3) the Spirit of God, and 4) the Mission of Jesus. You must rely on all four.What is Leviticus 19 28? ›
Per Leviticus 19:28, “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves.” Historically, scholars have often understood this as a warning against pagan practices of mourning.What does Matthew 28 verse 16 mean? ›
In this pericope the risen Christ appears to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee, and announces to them that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. Having proclaimed his transcendent majesty and power as the resurrected one, Jesus then commissions his disciples to embark on a new mission.What is the meaning of Acts 2 38? ›
Forgiveness is promised to whoever is baptized, not because baptism secures forgiveness, but because baptism signifies faith. Peter includes baptism in Acts 2:38 not because baptism is related to forgiveness but because baptism is related to repentance. Baptism is critically important not to forgiveness but to faith.Can you be an apostle without being a disciple? ›
This had some precedent in Jewish traditions but was also unique to the early Christian Church and the way that the faith was spread. So, all apostles had been disciples, but not all disciples would become apostles.Who denied being a disciple? ›
As Simon Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it, saying, "I am not." One of the high priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, "Didn't I see you with him in the olive grove?" Again Peter denied it, and at that ...What is the call of becoming a disciple? ›
The call to discipleship is a call to leave the world behind and follow Jesus. The mark of a true believer is summed up in surrender to Christ, and this manifests itself in many different ways in the disciple's life.What is the strategy of disciple making? ›
“Disciple making is – an intentional, relational, Christ-oriented activity, exercised by every believer, to use every opportunity in encouraging and teaching others to know, grow and faithfully follow Jesus. Disciple making is to be done by every believer, through every opportunity.
It's preferable to use the terms “making disciples” or “disciple making” because these words are found in the Bible. “Making disciples” describes what Jesus meant in Matthew 28:19-20: So, when Jesus fed the 5,000, could Jesus have counted all of those as His disciples?Is making disciples a command? ›
This is He Who gives His church this command. And this command is clear; “Make disciples!” A literal translation from the original language reads, “Therefore, going into the world, disciple all peoples …” Jesus took it for granted that His followers would go into the world and penetrate the culture with the gospel.What is Psalms 139 13? ›
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.What is Psalms 139 14? ›
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.What is Philippians 4 13? ›
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
He shows that this looks forward to the day when God's chosen would be redeemed in Christ and set free from sin. People in sin are like those in bondage and awaiting the year of jubilee to set them free.What is Galatians 2 20? ›
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20 is a typical Pauline verse in which the author expresses the absolute new identity of a Christian.What is Philippians 4 19? ›
Like Philippians 4:13, Philippians 4:19 is a popular verse that's often misused. After thanking the Philippians for generously supporting him, the Apostle Paul writes, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”What can we learn from Luke 21 20 28? ›
It is emphasized that we should be ready for the His coming and accept God with confidence and believe in Him because our redemption is a blessing. Instead of focusing on the tragedies or difficulties that will come beforehand, we should stand up and lift our heads up.What is the lesson from Mathew 6 25? ›
25 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Translating this Hebrew word into the Greek, it would be a simple form of the word disciple, as in "I learn" or "I follow." The Old Testament hearer of this prophecy in Matthew 28 would understand what is meant: the giving of the whole person to the whole of the message for the whole of life.What is the first step in making disciples? ›
Making Disciples: Inviting Others
We are obedient when we tell others what God has done for us. In other words, disciple making must begin with inviting others to follow Christ.
To disciple someone is to spend dedicated time with, pray for, build a friendship with and intentionally teach them how to grow in their faith. Typically, a discipling relationship will have one person who has been a Christian for a longer time mentoring someone who has been a Christian for a shorter time.What are the three commands of Jesus to his disciples? ›
Thou knowest the commandments: Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor thy father and mother.What is the teaching on Luke 18? ›
Introduction to the Parable of the Persistent Widow
Jesus uses this parable to teach his disciples never to give up. He shows them the importance of persistence and resilience. He knows that life involves disappointment, loss, injustice, and persecution—all very good reasons to give up and lose hope!
It is without love, humility, and compassion; once we turn our away from Our Father. However, his love and mercy endures all our sins and rejection to Him. Regardless of what we did or how many of us have sinned, he will always love and accept us. We are always be found and seen by Him.What lesson do we learn from luke 20 27 40? ›
This passage reminds us that when we pass on, we do not retain our qualities and it is usually left unknown what happens when we die. God in the heavens. This passage also teaches us to never question the Lord, for the human mind cannot fathom some of the Lord's wisdom.What verse says the gospel will be preached to all nations? ›
Matthew 24:14 KJV
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
The first thing we're putting on the wall is Matthew 4:19. Jesus said, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of people.” Not only is this a call that Jesus makes to Peter and Andrew, but also to each one of us.What is the meaning of Matthew 28:19? ›
Surely I Am With You Always… What I love about the Matthew 28:19-20 meaning is that it ends not with a command, but a promise. Jesus will be with His disciples as they carry out His will. Immanuel, God with us. “To the end of the age” literally means “the whole of every day.” In other words, you do not walk alone.
Rather, we must preach God's glory, which is heavy, substantial and weighty. The God of glory is dreadfully majestic and only to be approached with fear and awe. The glory of God! This is the message to be preached to the nations.What is the Bible verse 1st Corinthians 13 13? ›
In 1 Corinthians 13:13, Paul writes, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love,” leading some Christians to conclude that love is more important than faith or hope.What is the meaning of Mark 16 15? ›
The Gospel tells us to spread the God's teachings for all who believe will be saved. Believers can also be healers and exorcists, for Jesus is the one acting in them. Everything will be alright for people who trust in Him. Problems may come but it will just pass away. They are to be considered as challenges of life.