Disciple making at its core is about worldview transformation. A person's worldview is the way they see and understand the world. Our worldview is based on our core beliefs. These non-negotiable beliefs determine our behavior. In other words, what we believe determines our behavior. As a disciple of Christ we might frame it this way, “What we believe about the gospel determines how we follow Jesus”.
I use a simple tool I created called the “Gospel Lens” to illustrate this. This tool is based on three questions that I believe have a very unique and specific relationship to one another.
These questions are:
It is essential that we begin with the gospel, move to disciple, and finally to the church in the order we ask and answer these questions. In other words, the gospel informs our understanding of disciples, and our understanding of disciples informs our understanding of the church.
Most often when it comes to worldview formation we begin with the church. When we do this it always distorts the image. The gospel informs the church, not the other way around. This is why Mike Breen says, “If you make disciples you will always get the church, but if you try to build the church you rarely get disciples”.
Our tendency to typically begin with our understanding of church is exactly why I’ve written a new eBook that we are making available, One-Hour Theology. This eBook gives a brief answer to all three of these questions beginning with the gospel. Visit our resources page and grab a copy of One-Hour Theology today!
David Putman is the founder of Planting the Gospel and a Senior Lead Navigator with Auxano the category leader in vision clarity. When David isn't writing or consulting he enjoys staying fit and competing at Crossfit.