According to the latest Barna Group study, Christians don't do discipleship very well.
The dramatic decline in discipleship today, I believe, is because of what many have been taught and believe discipleship is. Discipleship is not what you know, it is what you do. You can be the most bible literate person, but if you’re not doing discipleship, or acting out what a true disciple is, it is all for naught. Jesus said to His first disciples, “Go and make disciples.” There is some wisdom behind why Jesus said this. There are two words we should pay close attention to here: First, the wordgo is an action word. It means, to move. We have to understand that Jesus was saying go and convert others. Share with them what I have shared with you.
Discipleship is a function that has to move to be effective. Evangelism and discipleship go hand in hand. You can’t be one without the other. But then again, evangelism is dead in most places of worship. Secondly, the wordmake is an adjective. It describ…
Despite the fact that many Jews believed in who Jesus was, many others rejected him. In particular, Jesus clashed with the Pharisees because He demanded that they abandon practices that were counterproductive to advancing the kingdom, (Ps. 110:4; Heb. 7:10-22) as well as a new covenant (Jer. 31:31).
Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. (John 4 : 7 -9) NLT In this scripture Jesus did something that was totally outside the box. Here He broke with tradition so that the Samaritan woman would be edified. So that her soul could be saved.
If Jesus had stuck with the Jewish tradition of not dealing with Samaritans, it would have hindered Him from accomplishing His purpose of saving the lost.