Today in the 31-Day Challenge we read…
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.” – Matthew 23:15
The Church today often focuses on making converts, getting people to intellectually agree with and accept a set of facts we call the Gospel. But, Jesus called us to make disciples, people who understand with their minds, embrace with their hearts, and live out with their hands the very things Jesus modeled for his followers. Author Jerry Trousdale notes that “there is a huge difference in strategic intent, focus on obedience to God’s Word, and transformational impact on families and whole communities” when we focus on making disciples, not converts. The end product is much different.
The challenge for today is to read the article by Tyler Edwards about making disciples not converts, and then write down one specific action you will take in light of what God reveals to you through your reading.