Matthew 28:19 reads, “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.”
Living our lives as Christians means that we are disciples of Jesus. As Matthew 28:19 says, we are also called to make other disciples. Jesus calls us to be true “missionary disciples.” What does that mean exactly?
Simply defined, a missionary disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ who spreads the Gospel message to others! A missionary disciple has a strong relationship with Jesus, and aims to grow in relationship with Christ and with other people. This involves having a strong prayer life, being rooted in that prayer, developing relationships with others, and helping our friends come to know Christ.
What action steps can we take to become effective missionary disciples and make other disciples of Christ?
- Cultivate a strong prayer life. Spend time in adoration, silent prayer, daily mass, pray with scripture, etc. Jesus works through us to make disciples, so personal prayer is key! He will inspire us and lead us in evangelization. (Learn more about developing a strong prayer life at the Prayer Workshop by Debbie Dellumo on August 10 from 8:30-11:30 am in the Legacy Center.)
- Build friendships and relationships with family and friends. Cultivate community by joining a small group or parish ministry.
- Serve the poor and vulnerable in your community! (Peace & Social Justice Commission is looking for volunteers to help with some new community initiatives, please contact Vicki Berlanga at [email protected])
- Share your faith story/testimony with a friend or family member. Share with others how Christ has impacted your life!
- Spread the Gospel message with friends and family.
- Invite a friend to Mass or to a small group! (Invite somebody to ALPHA, coming to Queen of All Saints in September 2019)
This was just a brief overview on missionary discipleship! There are several different resources about this topic.
Here’s a couple that I’ve found helpful:
Check out this video about missionary discipleship:
Check out the book “Making Missionary Disciples” by Curtis Martin: