I tell stories from my 35 years as a pastor, in which I devoted a significant part in the rewarding work of making disciples, “teaching people to obey what Christ commanded.” I also tell the story of the Hebrides Revival, when, according to one of the leaders of it, the presence of God lifted when the Church stopped discipling the new believers. Next comes the story of Korean Pastor Paul Cho Yonggi, who learned, almost by accident, how to train women to open their homes to make disciples. Finally, I tell the story of John Newton, who, because nobody discipled him after he met the Lord, he became a slave trader during his first years as a Christian—until John Wesley told him this wasn’t appropriate for a follower of Jesus. How important it is to have disciple-making as a ministry of the Church.
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