Christ’s command to “make disciples” is at the center of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). At Restoration Church, we believe that every disciple is a disciple maker. This means disciple making is foundational for every member of our church.
As a leader of small group ministry, my hope and prayer each and every year is that each small group will:
- witness at least one person come to know Christ this year.
- plant one new small group by the end of the year.
I do NOT look at these as ministry goals, however. Rather, these are expressions of Christ’s command to “make disciples.”
The Word of God is clear. The command to make disciples extends to all believers. Everyone in the church is necessary for any disciple to grow to maturity in Christ. Not everyone will play the same role in the disciple-making process, but everyone in church plays a part. This means that you and I do not sit on the sideline when it comes to making disciples. We all play a huge part in the Great Commission.
I am asking every leader and member of a small group to pray with me this prayer about witnessing and planting new groups. As we pray for these things, I fully believe that God will begin to transform our heart and desire. I believe He will cross our paths with people we can share Christ with.
I am not saying this will be comfortable or easy; However, I do believe that as we pray and see God work in and through us, it will be a joyous experience that we long to experience over and over again. Our relationship with Jesus will rub off on those in our groups and those in the church. And by God’s grace, we will begin to see a multiplying of disciples here and to the ends of the earth. As we begin to see disciples made, the natural by-product will be a multiplication of small groups. We will begin to send people out to start new small groups that reach new areas of our neighborhoods and cities. We will begin to see more worshippers of Jesus that love God and love people!
As we pray and believe, may God, who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, be glorified in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen!