Making Disciples vs Holding Services


Writer and speaker Raulph Moore has posted a thought provoking article titled “Making Disciples vs Holding Services”. Great discusion piece for church planters. Here is his article.

Did you ever notice that nowhere in scripture tells us to plant churches? 

Someone in a recent pastor’s conference told me that. They were somehow opposed to the idea of multiplying the church–but they were right in their observation. 

They went on to state that Jesus only told us to make disciples–right again.

However, he told us to make disciples of all nations. You have to decide if he meant make “a few disciples in every nation.” Or did he, “make disciples of the nations surrounding Israel” as was done in the first century? Or, as I believe, did he mean to “disciple all the nations of earth into his kingdom.”

But back to our original thought. He never said to plant churches. In fact, nothing in the Bible tells us to hold a single church service. It is all implied throughout Acts and in the epistles. We learn church by example rather than by command. 

But, here is my problem… Most of us believe in planting churches and we all believe in holding church services. Why is it that so few of us are actively, agressively involved in disciplemaking? 

We talk about making disciples as though it was happening all around us. But it isn’t. Sure we have a few programs, etc. But when you compare our ability to hold church meetings with the direct command to make disciples we appear weak.

Here is the question, “Who are your three personal disciples?” Another might be, “Do they even know that they are your disciples?”

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