It flows from the first invitation Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 4:19- “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” What’s amazing is that this invitation to disciples also defines what disciples do.
1. They FOLLOW Jesus. They don’t just believe in their head or feel faith in their heart. They embrace a new and active way of living life, taking their cues from Jesus.
2. They GROW in Jesus. Jesus meets them where they are at, but they are changed as they follow Jesus. They grow into the person God created them to be.
3. They MULTIPLY Jesus. The goal of discipleship goes beyond Bible knowledge and good behavior. Disciples pursue God working through them so they can help others FOLLOW Jesus, GROW in Jesus, and MULTIPLY Jesus.
This invitation (and definition) didn’t just apply to those first disciples. It extends to us as well. This is our God given mission!