4 Promises from Jesus for the Start of a Disciple-Making Ministry

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This post is from Kevin Halloran, the Content Strategist at Leadership Resources, sharing about an experience he had while serving in his local church. Leadership Resources is committed to strengthening the global church by encouraging and equipping pastors to preach God’s Word with God’s heart.

I serve as a team on my church praying and planning for a new ministry to reach Spanish speakers in our area with the gospel. This is a new venture for us and functions a lot like a church plant within a church–which means we are thinking a lot about how both evangelism and discipleship will happen as we launch the ministry.

At the close of our last meeting, we asked for volunteers who would pitch in doing various things: teach the Scripture, make coffee, greet, get the word out, etc. People enthusiastically volunteered:

  • “I will set up the coffee station!”
  • “I’d love to prepare a Bible study for us!”
  • “I can be the guy to talk to the church office about an announcement.”
  • “I will contact such-and-such a person this week…”

As we discussed who would do what, my mind wandered to what Jesus would say if He sat around the table with us. That’s obviously a silly question–He has told us what He would commit to do in the work of evangelism, discipleship, and planting a church.

Below are a few of Christ’s promises that show a small glimpse into Christ’s work in the process of evangelizing, discipling, and growing a church.

4 Promises from Jesus for the Start of a Disciple-Making Ministry

I will build my church. (Matthew 16:18)

As we seek to fulfill our part of the Great Commission, we can be sure that Christ will work alongside us building His church. That takes pressure off of us because it by reminding us that Jesus Himself will work in and through us to accomplish this glorious purpose and that not even “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” This promise has greatly encouraged our group as we think and pray about what this ministry will look like.

I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19)

Knowing the right evangelistic techniques alone doesn’t make a great evangelist. You need to enroll in Christ’s School of Discipleship yourself before inviting others to join you. Jesus first said, “Follow me”, with “I will make you fishers of men” a result of following Him. Christ will transform us into soul winners as we follow Him. Our new ministry team must keep our eyes on Christ, the ultimate evangelist and evangelism coach as we seek to reach Spanish speakers in our area with the gospel.

I will accomplish My purposes through My Word. (Isaiah 55:11-12)

Our proclamation of the Word will invite God to minister through us. Jesus promises to use His Word, and we just need to be faithful in communicating it. God’s Word is not only the best disciple maker, it also the best for training us for service (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Our ministry team can plan confidently knowing that God will use our efforts to sow His Word into the hearts and minds of those we minister to and that our labor will never be in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

I will be with you always. (Matthew 28:20)

We are never alone even when ministry seems lonely. Christ promises His presence to be with us as we make, baptize, and teach disciples. Christ’s presence with us by the Spirit will empower effective evangelism (Acts 1:8), give us needed words (Luke 12:11-12), help us in our weakness (Romans 8:26), and aid us in preaching the gospel (1 Peter 1:12). Christ’s comforting presence by the Spirit will encourage us to press forward and do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission.

The truth is, I’m not sure what this new ministry will look like a month from now, a year from now, or ten years from now–and it doesn’t matter. It may even take a month or two for anyone to show up! We can confidently trust that Jesus will do His part of this ministry as we seek to make and multiply disciples of Christ.

Kevin Halloran is the Content Strategist at Leadership Resources and on the Latin America Training Team. Follow Kevin on Twitter.

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Kevin Halloran

Servant of the Word. Husband. Blogs weekly at Anchored in Christ. Content Strategist/Trainer in Latin America with Leadership Resources International.

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