We are continuing our Foundations series, where we examine how our foundation of faith impacts the details of our living. The Discipleship Team at Church Project invites you to sign up for One:One Discipleship under the “Grow” tab, then “Discipleship” on the CP website, or under the “More” tab, then “Discipleship” on the CP app, to become a discipler, or to be discipled. We would also love for you to share this devotional with your friends if it has impacted you.
The Maker’s Movement
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
Jesus was a disciple-maker. He didn’t mass produce disciples. He didn’t build factories and stamp out cookie-cutter Christians on an assembly line. He didn’t create a one-size-fits-all product. He was a carpenter, a maker, a craftsman and, as a true craftsman, He created unique, one-of-a-kind disciples. He was skilled in the art of handcrafted discipleship.
Jesus discipled like an artisan, by hand. Jesus understood each disciple had to be individually shaped, formed and fashioned. If you look closely at His ministry, you’ll notice how all the years of being a carpenter in Nazareth translated into His work of disciple-making. How He drew a blueprint of the cost of discipleship. You can hear as He takes the saw, as He awakens it and cuts against the spirit of pride. Listen carefully and you’ll hear the sound of a plane, as Jesus shaves away the heavy burden of religion. You can hear the slow, steady tapping of the hammer against the chisel, methodically chipping away all of the unnecessary pieces, until all that is left is the image of the Creator.
Jesus handpicked a small group and through time, trials and teaching, He began to reassemble them into something they never imagined they could be. As a maker of disciples, He took truth and hemmed into the heart. He sewed wisdom into the rips and tears life had left on the soul. Jesus’ workshop for handcrafting followers took place on mountainsides, fields, lake shores and in houses.
Today we return to Jesus’ new and ancient way of making disciples. Every day in our city one-on-one discipleship takes place in offices, break rooms and boardrooms, coffee shops and restaurants are transformed into disciple-making environments. Secular places become sacred places. Across tables God-centered scripture, weighted conversations take place. Stories are exchanged, experienced and connected back to the bigger story of God’s redemptive work. Every day people step away from consumer Christianity, becoming real life disciple-makers. We invite you to step into the process of one-on-one discipleship, to enter the pursuit of loving Jesus, learning His ways, and leading others to do the same.
Go online or on our church app and sign up to be a part of one-on-one discipleship.