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God’s great love for you and all people makes Him evident to everyone

The Making of a Disciple
The Starting Point – Part I

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16-20

Key Verses: Matthew 28:19-20
“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.”

Do you know that there are far more converts to Jesus than there are disciples of Jesus?

Do you know that you have little to do with a person coming to Christ and have far more to do with the discipleship process?

That does not mean we have nothing to do with someone coming to Christ; we do. But the Bible is clear: what God does in a person’s heart and mind is what prompts a person to decide to invite Jesus to be their Savior. Remember Jesus’s words:

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them…” (John 6:44a)

The persuasive power of the Holy Spirit opens the unbeliever’s heart and mind to receiving Christ. This persuasive power does not “save”; a person’s salvation requires them to act upon that inner prompting.

All of us must have a good understanding of God’s work in unbelievers. Theologians call this work of God “prevenient grace,” which is the favor God shows to unbelievers.

We all know John 3:16, which tells of God’s love for the world. This love of God for all people everywhere is the source of God’s prevenient grace.

God gives grace to all unbelievers in the sense of giving them evidence of His existence. The Apostle Paul was writing about unbelievers when he wrote:

since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20)

God makes Himself plainly evident to everyone because of His great love for all people. When people reject God, they reject this evidence.

The unbeliever’s inner battle with this evidence is not usually apparent. God does His part to present the evidence, but the unbeliever rejects it of their own free will.

God’s prevenient grace is the starting point of making a disciple, not the words we say or the work we do to get someone to accept Christ.

Father, thank You for Your great love for all people everywhere. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.