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The Need of the Hour: to Make Disciples

I’m convinced that to make disciples—which includes winning people to Christ, growing them as believers, so that they become disciples who make disciples—is the need of the hour. I’m also convinced that one of the fundamental ways to help Christians grow is through getting them sharing their faith, inviting others to join in this grand endeavor. Learning to live out our faith verbally is certainly not the only way to become more like Christ, but it’s hard to imagine doing so without this. If our Bible studies and devotional times don’t lead us to actually live out our faith in word and deed, I question whether we really get what we are reading. Christianity is far more than an intellectual study.

If my habits demonstrate a desire personally to study the Bible and pray but don’t lead me to care for my fellow man and love my neighbor, I may be an example of American individualism more than a biblical Christian. Which leads me to this weekend. I’m back to my roots. I spent several hours training leaders in South Carolina to share Jesus conversationally, out of who they are. I’m trying to help believers connect who they are in Christ and who God made them to be with their daily lives. There must be a greater purpose to our discipleship than simply getting information.

Don’t dichotomize two things God has emphasized. We win people to Christ so they may know, worship and grow in Him, and so they can win others, and so on, until Jesus comes. Let’s be about the task to make disciples together.


This article on the need to make disciples originally appeared here.

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Alvin L. Reid (born 1959) serves as Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been since 1995. He is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Alvin and his wife Michelle have two children: Joshua, a senior at The College at Southeastern, and Hannah, a senior at Wake Forest Rolesville High School. Recently he became more focused at ministry in his local church by being named Young Professionals Director at Richland Creek Community Church. Alvin holds the M.Div and the Ph.D with a major in evangelism from Southwestern Seminary, and the B.A. from Samford University. He has spoken at a variety of conferences in almost every state and continent, and in over 2000 churches, colleges, conferences and events across the United States.