“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” – Matthew 28:18-20

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” – Ephesians 4:11-12

Based on Matthew 28:18-20, God has commanded all believers to make disciples in Christ’s authority. Ephesians 4:11-12 gives Christians a clear look of how they are to be involved in the disciple-making process. Discipleship is the ultimate goal of Student Ministry. Northside Student Ministry exists to present the gospel to every student, teach dedicated students how to spiritually mature, and train them to reach out and disciple others. Discipleship in Student Ministry is a three-step, cyclical process.

Evangelism. In the early church, it was a common misconception that the gospel was for Jews only. Because of this, Paul goes to great lengths to challenge everyone with the Gospel message of Christ. Romans 3:29-30 makes it clear that God is the God of all people. Therefore, Student Ministry exists to present the gospel to every student, not just those that show up in church. The goal is for every student within Caldwell County to hear the gospel message at least one time and have the opportunity to respond to it. It is not our job to convert students. Salvation is the work of God alone. We cannot force students to respond to the gospel, but we are called to give them the opportunity.

Growth. Since not every student will respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ, not every student will progress towards spiritual maturity. However, those dedicated students who are willing to take the opportunity to spiritually mature need to be guided in spiritual disciplines. Psalm 119: 9-16 provides insight on how a young man can “keep his way pure.” The answer is simple: through studying the Word of God and applying it to their lives. Joshua 1:8 commands believers to “meditate on [the Word of God] day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” Those students who seek to grow in their faith will have opportunity to do so.

Reproduction. Evangelism by addition is the most common way of reaching people for Christ. Unfortunately, if Christians evangelize and neglect to teach others how to evangelize, Christianity will die out. On the contrary, evangelism by multiplication is much more effective and long lasting. The goal is not conversions, although salvation is the first step. The goal is a discipled believer who can in turn disciple others. In 1 Corinthians 12-14, Paul teaches about spiritual gifts. Each student should be equipped to use whatever gifts God has blessed them with to reach others for Christ’s sake.


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