Fellow missionary Miguel Labrador on his thought-provoking blog God Directed Deviations asks some very pertinent questions related to evangelism and discipleship. If we are going to seriously engage in making disciples of the nations, each of Miguel's questions deserves attention.
Which of the following challenges you? Are there any you would like to comment upon? Which questions are you going to spend some time with praying about? I'll share my list, if you'll share yours!
1. Can a person be a disciple and not yet a believer in Jesus, a “Christian.”
2. Can you disciple an unbeliever?
3. When someone becomes a believer or Christian, can we consider them as a “disciple made?”
4. Are we supposed to be determining when others believe?
5. If we focused on Making Disciples instead of conversions, would that make any practical difference?
6. How did biblical messengers of God’s Gospel determine when others believed.
7. Someone asks you, “How can I follow this Jesus that you follow?” What do you say, and what will you do?
8. Is Making Disciples, “The” Mission of The Church?
9. Are we to obey the teaching component of the Great Commission, or are we to step out of the way and let Jesus (or the Spirit) teach others directly?
10. When does programing or bringing structure to discipleship get in the way of God’s desire to disciple others directly? Examples?
11. If the making of disciples, or discipleship requires that we teach others to observe/obey ALL that Jesus commanded, then wouldn’t that take a considerable amount of time? Are we relieved of our responsibility to teach when we have taught all of those commandments?