Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Making Disciples

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives what sounds like a simple command to “go make disciples of all nations.” If the command were to simply “go do ministry among all nations” it would have been a lot simpler. The “make disciples” part gets messy. The command gets even more complicated when the Christian culture around us is often content to be active and busy with ministry, good deeds, and Christian “stuff,” all the while hardly ever stopping to ask if what we are doing is truly “making disciples.” Furthermore, the meaning of discipleship is often perceived to be how much someone knows about the Bible, and not how much someone obeys and follows Christ.

In an attempt to give focus to making disciples in our ministries, many of us at Global Gates have been using the following as the definition of a disciple:

“A disciple is someone who follows Christ, obeys Him, shares Him with others, allows Him to transform their worldview, and trains others to do the same.”

Jesus said that if we loved Him we would obey Him, so our definition focuses on following and obeying. As disciples, we also must share the gospel, enable and train others, and reproduce ourselves (2 Tim 2:2). Also, none of us have ever “arrived,” and we need Christ to transform how we view the world and help us overcome cultural and familial sins with the power of the gospel.

Looking at your own Christian walk and using this definition, how are you doing at being a disciple? How are you doing at making disciples? If you are like me, you need God’s grace to really help you!

Thanks for seeking Christ with us,

Chris Clayman,
Director, Global Gates Network

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cityreaching Movements Training in February

About the Training:

Everyone in Metro New York is well aware of the diversity of the city, but how would it be possible to reach an entire city full of different population segments and ethnic groups? The Cityreaching Movements Training will address how to multiply disciples by starting with our own personal devotion to Christ, and then through methods that have been used by God around the world to multiply disciples and churches in diverse settings. The training will be facilitated by Chris Clayman and is suitable for any follower of Christ longing to see God do more in and around them. It's free but please register by clicking here

Click here for a copy of the training outline.  

Sifting Weeks NYC 2014

During Sifting Weeks, volunteers will come to New York and be trained in meeting people on the street, sharing their testimony and the gospel with them, and being able to tell if the person is a person of peace.  This is a very strategic role that you will play as we sift through many people in the city to find those the Holy Spirit is at work in.  These ‘Sifting Weeks’ are very strategic as we seek to bring the gospel to South Asian peoples here in the city. Please see flyer below for more information.