Masters Plan

Go Therefore and Make Disciples


Life In This World


“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”                                                                                                     Matthew 28:19-20

Almost every year I re-read Robert Coleman’s The Master Plan of Evangelism to remind me of the task that Christ has given to each one of us.  Jesus’ plan was a good one...invest deeply in a few until they are ready to invest in others.  Get a hold of Coleman’s book today and be challenged to spend your life maturing as Christ’s disciple and walking with others to help them become disciples.  Here is how he sums up the task before us.

Here finally is where we must all evaluate the contribution that our life and witness is making to the supreme purpose of him who is the Savior of the world.  Are those who have followed us to Christ now leading others to him and teaching them to make disciples like ourselves?  Note, it is not enough to rescue the perishing, though this is imperative; nor is it sufficient to build up newborn babes in the faith of Christ, although this, too, is necessary if the firstfruit is to endure; in fact, it is not sufficient just to get them out winning souls, as commendable as this work may be.  What really counts in the ultimate perpetuation of our work is the faithfulness with which our converts go and make leaders out of their converts, not simply more followers…

It is not better methods, but better men and women who know their Redeemer from personal experience—men and women who see his vision and feel his passion for the world—men and women who are willing to be nothing so that he might be everything—men and women who want only for Christ to produce his life in and through them according to his own good pleasure.  This finally is the way the Master planned for his objective to be realized on the earth, and where it is carried through by his strategy, the gates of hell cannot prevail against the evangelization of the world.

How long have you lived on this planet and what has been the eternal impact as a result of your life?   Can you point to disciples that you have walked with, shared life with and seen mature that are now discipling others?  Are you ready to commit to spending the rest of your life fulfilling the Great Commission as outlined in Matthew 28:19-20 and doing this very thing?  Begin praying today for whom God would lead you to,  to begin pouring your life into this year.  Someone is out there who is ready to join you in the journey of becoming a disciple. 


"God is preparing his heroes.  And when the opportunity comes, he can put them in their places in a moment, and the world will wonder where they came from."

                                                                              A.B. Simpson

The heart of being a disciple involves living in intimate union and daily contact with Christ.  Discipleship—the effort both to be a disciple and to make other disciples—is about the immense value of God at work in one individual’s life and the resulting impact on other lives.

                                                                              Bill Hull, The Complete Book of Discipleship


  • Are you ready to be committed to always be in the process of discipling or mentoring another person?  What is holding you back if you are not?
  • Who do you see mentoring in this next season of life?   Talk with your mentor about what this process might look like.
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.                                         Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

Unfortunately non-discipleship "Christianity" dominates much of the thinking of the contemporary church.  In addition to sucking the strength from the church, Christianity without discipleship causes the church to assimilate itself into the culture.  And sadly, whenever the difference between the church's and culture's definition of morality ceases to exist, the church loses its power and authority.....As a result, we evangelicals accept and even encourage a two-level Christian experience in which only serious Christians pursue and practice discipleship, while grace and forgiveness is enough for everyone else.  Dallas Willard notes, "We have not only been saved by grace, we have been paralyzed by it.".....I find it both sad and appalling that we've used the great doctrine of justification by faith and God's grace to teach that people don't really need to follow Jesus to be Christians.    Bill Hull, The Complete Book of Discipleship

Internalization cannot happen through a mass transference to an audience, but must occur in an interpersonal environment.  True multiplication or reproduction is possible only when disciples so internalize the mission that they are motivated to pass it on to others.  Robert Coleman has written, "The best work is always done with a few.  Better to give a year or so to one or two men who learn what it means to conquer for Christ than to spend a lifetime with a congregation just keeping the program going."   Greg Ogden, Tranforming Discipleship

If the Son of God thought it necessary to focus his life on a small group of men, we are fooling ourselves to think we can mass-produce disciples today.  God's design for taking the gospel to the world is a slow, intentional, simple process that involves every one of his people sacrificing every facet of their lives to multiply the life of Christ in others.         David Platt, Radical

A mission as expansive as this has no room for spectators.  In fact, it requires the sacrificial investment of every adherent to the cause.  But now, statistics say that approximately 1 percent of all Christians have ever led someone to faith in Jesus Christ.                              Erwin McManus, An Unstoppable Force

The leadership should be the first to disciple individuals in your church, and they must continue to model discipleship, or the ministry will eventually slide back into its old groove.......The way people learn discipleship is by seeing it modeled before them.  The leadership must actively disciple others in order for those they are leading to know how to disciple.  Discipleship is caught not taught.       Eric Russ, Discipleship Defined

Discipleship doesn't ask people to be super-Christians, just regular ones.    Eric Russ, Discipleship Defined

Every church needs to be able to answer two questions.  One, do we have a plan for making disciples?  Two, does our plan work.   Dallas Willard

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verses related to this topic

  • Psalm 96:3

    Psalm 96:3

    Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples

  • Matthew 4:19

    Matthew 4:19

    Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.

  • Matthew 24:14

    Matthew 24:14

    “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

  • Matthew 28:19-20

    Matthew 28:19-20

    “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

  • Mark 16:15-18

    Mark 16:15-18

    And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

  • John 8:31-32

    John 8:31-32

    So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

  • Acts 26:16-18

    Acts 26:16-18

    But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.'

  • I Corinthians 11:1

    I Corinthians 11:1

    Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

  • Colossians 1:28-29

    Colossians 1:28-29

    And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

  • Galatians 6:1-2

    Galatians 6:1-2

    Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

  • 2 Timothy 2:1-4

    2 Timothy 2:1-4

    You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

  • 2 Timothy 3:10-11

    2 Timothy 3:10-11

    Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch…

  • 1 Peter 4:8-10

    1 Peter 4:8-10

    Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

books related to this topic

  • The Master Plan of Evangelism

    The Master Plan of Evangelism

    Coleman’s book is a powerful analysis of the way Jesus concentrated on a few and the revolution this released in the world. Coleman's wisdom comes from both his study and his own experience--years of giving himself to a few knowing this would impact the many.

  • Transforming Discipleship

    Transforming Discipleship

    The subtitle gives a clear picture of the emphasis of the book: “Making disciples a few at a time.” Ogden systematically works through the way Jesus worked with the few and presents this as a model for our approach to both becoming a disciple and helping others to become disciples.

  • Swimming Lessons

    Swimming Lessons

    In this practical book, author and pastor Grant Edwards shares how to help new Christians develop a lasting love for God; how to cement new Christians into a relationship with Jesus.

  • Lifestyle Discipleship

    Lifestyle Discipleship

    Drawing from his 30 years of working with the unchurched, Petersen uses the pages of this book to present a case for lifestyle discipleship-a process that makes room for the growing number of people who, for whatever reason, don’t fit into any existing patterns of discipleship.

  • True Discipleship

    True Discipleship

    In True Discipleship, MacDonald highlights some principles of New Testament discipleship.

  • The Complete Book of Discipleship

    The Complete Book of Discipleship

    The Complete Book of Discipleship is the definitive A-to-Z resource on discipleship for every Christian. It pulls together into one convenient, comprehensive volume relevant topics such as spiritual growth, transformation, spiritual disciplines, and discipleship in the local church and beyond.

  • Radical


    In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

  • Discipleship Defined

    Discipleship Defined

    Written by a pastor of an inner city church in Detroit who is trying to base his church's DNA and growth on discipleship. They have developed a ministry and philosophy that every Christian is a disciple maker.

  • Tally Ho The Fox

    Tally Ho The Fox

    Tally Ho The Fox details what it takes to build world-visionary, world-impacting, reproducing disciples.

  • Following the Master: A Biblical Theology of Discipleship

    Following the Master: A Biblical Theology of Discipleship

    Following The Master lays the groundwork necessary for developing biblical discipleship ministries in the church, on the mission field, and in parachurch ministries.

  • Growing True Disciples

    Growing True Disciples

    In Growing True Disciples George Barna helps pastors and leaders assess how well their churches are fulfilling their role as disciplemakers. He also reveals models and examples that will equip churches to dramatically increase their effectiveness.

  • The Adventure of Discipling Others

    The Adventure of Discipling Others

    The authors who have served on the Navigators staff for many years will help cultivate a passion for life-to-life discipling. You will discover the amazing impact one life can have on another.

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