disciples who make disciples

We believe that as Christians we are called to replicate ourselves (like a cell that is splitting continuously) at all levels, from disciples who make disciples to churches that plant churches.

Continually equipping believers in their spiritual walk guarantees a steady flow of mature disciples who make disciples. We fulfill the Great Commission to ‘go and make disciples’ by first inviting people into the Kingdom, then baptizing them, then teaching and equipping them, while always remembering that He is with us every step of the way.

The Great Commission

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Our commission outlines 3 main steps for making disciples: Go and tell them, baptize them and teach them, plus the reminder that Jesus is with us.

  1. The first step in making disciples involves being aware of the people that God puts in your life and identifying where they are in their spiritual life.

a.    It begins with your family

b.   Prayerfully reach out to your neighbors    

c.    Take time to connect with people in relationship

  • Get to know them by name
  • Pray for them by name

d.    Some will not be Christians but God will use you to draw them to Himself and to disciple them at some level.

2.   The second step is that some who are not Christians will believe and be saved (and baptized).

‘I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the  power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ Acts 26:17, 18

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16

3.   The third step is that some will be less mature believers who will want to learn more about Jesus

a.    Make sure you’re ready by continually 

  • Get to know them by name
  • Pray for them by name 

b.    Direct them to the appropriate resources

  • Asking God for help and wisdom   
  • Reading the Word daily
  • Being discipled yourself

c.    Prayerfully consider discipling them yourself

4.   Finally, we are reminded that we don’t do it alone; Jesus is with us

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.“Mat 28:20b

“…for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Phil 2:13

“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

At Metro, disciples who make disciples are asked to:

          1. Continually follow our Poured In, Poured Out Model (see box below)

          2. Disciple their immediate family members

          3. Prayerfully reach and disciple their neighbors

          4. Pray for and disciple members in their sphere of influence

          5. Connect with their church family during the week

Some are asked to:

               1. Disciple our kids as teachers in Children’s and Youth Ministry

               2. Lead small groups  

               3. Teach or facilitate discipleship classes                               

poured in, poured out

At Metro, disciples who make disciples are asked to continually follow our

Poured In, Poured Out Cross Model

  1. Vertical relationships whereby we
    1. Are poured into by God
    2. Are poured into by a more mature believer
    3. Pour out into less mature believer(s) or non-believer(s)
  2. Horizontal relationships whereby we have regular accountability with  peers.