Making Disciples as Modern Day Esther’s

Whenever we think about making disciples, how often do we talk ourselves out of it because of our age, position, experience, or perceived lack thereof? But let’s take a page from Esther’s story to reframe our perspective.

Facing Challenges Making Disciples

Back in the fifth century BC, Esther faced immense political, social, and personal challenges, yet she rose to the occasion to save her people from total destruction. If we look closely, her story resonates with the journey of many modern-day disciple-makers. Esther, originally an orphan and practically a prostitute, seemed an unlikely candidate for such a crucial role. However, God, who sees beyond appearances to the heart, chose her.

Esther’s Story

Known as Hadassah in Hebrew, Esther was a young Jewish girl in Persia during the Jewish exile. Raised by her older cousin Mordecai after her parents’ death, she found herself in a precarious situation when the king banished his displeasing queen.

Through a year-long beauty preparation process, Esther captured the king’s favor, becoming queen and ultimately saving her family and people from annihilation. Her willingness to risk her life mirrors the bold and courageous spirit of today’s disciple-makers—ordinary people transformed by their love for Jesus Christ into leaders of rapidly reproducing disciple-making movements.

Modern Day Disciple-Makers

Despite facing challenges like prostitution, addiction, chronic illness, suicidal thoughts, abuse, rape, persecution, poverty, and loss, these modern-day Esther-like individuals are courageously making disciples in the darkest places and beyond. Moved by the needs before them, they respond with boldness, courage, and God’s mercy, witnessing many finding salvation, liberty, and freedom in Jesus Christ. Just like Esther, people everywhere are not looking at their faults and failure; they are looking instead at the man Jesus, and finding courage in Him.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

— Luke 4:18

Just as Esther recognized her divine call to save her people and ignored her fears and limitations, we too can rise boldly to bring salvation to those around us.

“…speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”

— Acts 14:3

Join the Movement to Make Disciples

God is actively at work through individuals worldwide today making disciples, just as He has been throughout history. You are not disqualified. In fact, we confidently believe that you have been called for just such a time as this. So, like Esther, may you cast off every fear and frailty and join the movement to make disciples.

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We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”