We Are Disciple Makers

Here at GCM, we are disciple makers. Whether we find ourselves in the West or East, the underground church or the visible church, the obviously persecuted or victims of the subtle, sleepy persecution of the West, we make disciples. It’s not simply a strategy or a technique we employ, it’s the core of who we are. 

Disciple Makers are Always On

A disciple maker doesn’t vacillate between being ‘on’ or ‘off’ ministry mode. We are making disciples at every moment. Sitting around our family tables, talking with an acquaintance on the street, engaging with a neighbor’s suffering, doing our day job, we are always making disciples. To be a disciple maker is to live intentionally at every moment, in every aspect of life. We are always bringing Christ glory and drawing others to Him using every strategy available to us.

When a disaster hits like the recent earthquake in history, we are providing physical relief and we are making disciples. When life is being lived in the day to day, we are reaching out to those around us and making disciples. Because of this, souls are being won for Christ constantly. Our life is fruitful in every sense of the word, and it only increases.

Disciple makers make disciple makers who in turn begin to make disciple makers. The word of God can spread more rapidly through this multiplication than any single minded effort we could come up with.

An Outward Focused Love

Disciple makers, at our core, exist for the world. We are secure in our relationship with Jesus and thriving in the knowledge of His love for us and our sealed eternity. However, like Paul, we recognize that we are needed here in this moment of human history and therefore we make our focus outward (Philippians 1). We live for those around us, searching out opportunities to continually draw them closer to Christ and their own eternal security. We can not be self focused or we will fail to make disciples.

We do this by loving radically. We can not exist for the world with selfish love and inwardly focused motivation. No; we must be moved by love! Every conversation, act of service, and relationship formed must be founded by love and nurtured with love.This is only possible because of the love of Christ which dwells richly in us and flows freely through us (Colossians 3:16)!

A Life of Integrity

This love of Christ and man, this outwardly focused disciple making requires at it’s core living with integrity. Therefore, to accomplish our God given purpose and honor He who is without stain or spot, we live with absolute integrity (Ephesians 5:27). In our jobs, in our relationships, in every creative pursuit we are committed to integrity. Without integrity focused living our love and our disciple making mean nothing. We are useless, empty shells if we do not commit to doing all things uprightly. 

You are a Disciple Maker

This is why, at GCM one of our vision statements is as follows: We are disciple makers and we exist for the world. If we do not love radically and live with integrity then we have nothing. We encourage you today, disciple maker, to examine your own life. Are you making disciples at every turn with radical love and true integrity? To truly be effective, you must be. We believe that living like this is not only possible, it’s the standard set before us in scripture and joyfully lived out by disciple makers all over the world. Wherever you are, you too can join us and make world changing disciples. 

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

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!”