- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 18:27
The responsibility to "make disciples" extends "to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19, 20). We need every available spiritual means to encourage all believers to "obey all things."
New believers retain their former personality traits. Some love to learn something new (Acts 17:21); others like the challenge of advancing beyond others (Galatians 1:14); still others love to fit into their new-found society and they eagerly conform (Acts 8:13), while the timid can be intimidated (Diotrephes did this, 3 John 1:9, 10). Playing on these natural traits cannot produce spiritual results. The Lord predicates discipleship on this condition: "if any man will come after me" (Luke 9:23). Hearts drawn to Christ by an all-consuming devotion gladly embrace all He commands (John 14:15, 23). Fostering devotion to Christ, coupled with patient, practical teaching, is essential to making disciples.