What does it mean to make disciples?
How can you embrace your purpose and fulfill your part of the Great Commission?
You can be a disciple maker by sharing the gospel with others and helping equip them to do the same.
You can grow in your disciple-making skills by using our free resources to learn tips and techniques to confidently share your faith with others. It only takes about one hour to take our Be a Disciple Maker Course where you can learn more about Jesus’s teaching on making disciples and create a customized disciple-making plan.
God created you with unique gifts and abilities to fulfill your divine purpose. He has placed you in a specific location and will provide opportunities to work through you in each season of your life.
Your primary purpose is to enjoy God and glorify Him in all you do. You live out your purpose daily by loving and obeying God, loving others, and making disciples. Read our article What is my purpose? to learn more.
Commit these verses to memory to remind yourself to live out your purpose for God’s glory every day.
12 Bible verses on making disciples
1) Matthew 28:18-20
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ ”
The Great Commission is God’s instruction for us as believers to live with His purpose in mind, to share Jesus, and train others to live with Him as Lord of their lives—making disciples of all nations.
2) Mark 16:15
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’ ”
God wants us to tell everyone about Jesus and His sacrifice. And by everyone, He says the word “whole,” which means that God came for ALL of us, every person in every nation.
3) John 13:15-17
“For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
Jesus sets a servant-leadership example for all of us as He washes the feet of the disciples. Humble yourself before God when you share the gospel. No one is worthy of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us and we are all equal in God’s eyes. As the saying goes, “the ground is level at the foot of the cross.”
4) John 13:34-35
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
When making disciples and equipping others to share, we must remember Jesus’s instructions to do so with love in our hearts. Jesus gave this instruction as He washed His disciples’ feet, and He referred to this as a “new” commandment. You bear witness to God’s love for you by how you treat others.
5) Acts 1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Before Jesus was taken up into heaven, He gave this instruction to the disciples. As a believer in Jesus, you receive the Holy Spirit to transform and equip you to be witnesses of God’s love and grace.
6) Acts 5:42
“And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.”
The early witnesses suffered, yet went from house to house every day despite the consequences—showing their conviction and devotion to spreading the gospel. If they can spread the gospel through hardships, we can too.
7) John 15:8-10
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”
When you share Jesus with others, God is glorified. Since your primary purpose is to enjoy God and glorify Him, you abide in His love when you are obedient.
8) John 15:26-27
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.”
In some Bible translations, “the Helper” is also referred to as the Comforter, the Counselor, or the Advocate. No matter what title is used, you can lean on the Holy Spirit to work in and through you as you share Jesus with others. That’s His role—to glorify Jesus (John 16:14).
9) 2 Timothy 2:1-2
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
God’s strength is available for you as you share the gospel. Giving your time to teach others how to have an authentic deep relationship with Jesus is an integral part of being a disciple maker for Jesus.
10) Romans 10:13-15
“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Remember, if you don’t tell them—they might not ever hear about Jesus. The gospel is for everyone. And God appointed us to tell others (2 Cor. 2:14) and go to places where people need to hear.
11) John 15:16
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
God chooses you, the timing, and the place for you to share with others. He has already prepared the way—our responsibility is to be His witnesses. Even if you share without knowing all the answers or you share with weakness and trembling, you cannot mess up. Only remaining silent when the Holy Spirit prompts you to speak is a sin. He will give you the right words (Luke 12:12) and bear fruit through you (John 15). Abide in Jesus, knowing that you have been chosen for the time and place.
12) Matthew 4:19
“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.”
Why do you think Jesus’s first disciples left everything behind to follow Him? Because it was an invitation. Those words defined cultural norms, and they felt chosen. Read more about the power in the two words “follow me” and How to Share Jesus With Confidence.
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