The Big Five

A lifelong, discipling tool

Matthew 28:19-20
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Mission

The last thing Jesus said to His followers is commonly known as “The Great Commission.” This mission is clear: make disciples. But what exactly does it mean to make disciples? Where do I start? When asking this, one thing we must remember is that Jesus has never called us to anything for which He hasn’t equipped us to accomplish. If He asks, He enables. And the best way to see how a disciple is made is simply by looking at the life of Jesus. As the Apostle Paul said, “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:11). So, how did Jesus make disciples?

The End Goal

Discipleship begins with the end in mind. At The Summit Church, our desire is to cooperate with God in developing multiplying communities of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. That is precisely what a disciple is - a fully devoted follower of Jesus. To reach this end, we believe three components (or E3) must be present.

• EXPERIENCING the Presence of Christ
• Being EQUIPPED for Life and Ministry
• ENGAGING a World in Need

The Process

So, how can we help our friends become fully devoted followers of Christ? How can we become an E3 church? When Christ called people to follow Him, He did it through five primary means. If you ever go on an African safari, you will seek to see the “Big Five” (a Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant and Cape Buffalo). In the same way, we have taken the five principles Jesus practiced over and over again with His disciples, and described how you, too, can reproduce them in the lives of others.

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