Below is a thought I had in my journal a few days ago. I had been praying and thinking about the future of the missional movement and some of the struggles it is currently facing. I’d love to know what you think:
I am firmly convinced that the reason the American church has a discipleship problem is because they themselves have never been discipled. Discipleship is the natural and obvious direction for those that have been transformed by the sacrificial life and death of Jesus. It is the one thing he said matters; not doctrine, not niceness, not factual memorization, but the continuing process of people becoming like Jesus and calling others to join the movement. I would even venture farther to say that a group of people not discipling cannot rightly call themselves a church. They can be a gathering of like-minded people or a social club, but they cannot be and are not the church of Jesus.