The first shift we are experiencing right now in the Church that Jesus is building is “From Reaching to Making.” Nothing startling here. For years with the Gospel of salvation we have been geared to seek and save the lost asking people to accept and acknowledge Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. So, we have seen reaching the lost with the Gospel.
The shift is a major one but one that is already ongoing for anyone in touch with the season we are now in and The Lord Jesus who is building His Church. We are not longer ‘just’ reaching the lost; we are fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-29) and “going…making disciples.” This the shift “From Reaching to Making.”
This means that there is a needed foundational shift in all aspects of the life of the Church. No longer can we simply get people saved and drop them into a short new believers class and think we have done our job. No longer can we focus on evangelism and seeing the lost come to Jesus. Discipleship is the key and really the cornerstone of all that we do in the Church that Jesus is building. It is not a program; it is not an add-on; it is not something just for new believers.
We must recognize that every human being is on a journey and that this discipleship journey is a process of becoming more like Jesus in character and nature and means being equipped to do what Jesus did in the same way that He did it – supernaturally. So, even before someone is born again they are on this journey and so they can be discipled as they seek to find what they are looking for – Jesus and a relationship with the living God through Him.
Discipleship must be the emphasis of everything the local church does – it must be n integral part of every aspect of the life of the church.
We must continue to “seek and save the lost” as Jesus did. But, we must recognize that He has called us to make disciples in every nation and so sharing the Gospel is must more involved than saying a sinner’s prayer after giving mental ascent to the facts of the Gospel. It involves a radical life change as a result of experiencing conviction and godly sorrow leading to repentance, forgiveness and salvation.
So, reaching is the gospel of salvation – making disciples is the gospel of the Kingdom. This is the only true gospel and must be the first major shift that we recognize is currently happening today in the Church that Jesus is building.