Our mission isn’t to win converts; it’s to make disciples. So what is the difference?

I am not always a big fan of Relevant but this is good…

Converts are believers who live like the world. Disciples are believers who live like Jesus.

Converts are focused on their values, interests, worries, fears, priorities, and lifestyles. Disciples are focused on Jesus.

Converts go to church. Disciples are the church.

Converts are involved in the mission of Jesus. Disciples are committed to it.

Converts cheer from the sidelines. Disciples are in the game.

Converts hear the word of God. Disciples live it.

Converts follow the rules. Disciples follow Jesus.

Converts are all about believing. Disciples are all about being.

Converts are comfortable. Disciples make sacrifices.

Converts talk. Disciples make more disciples.

A disciple is someone who whole-heartedly follows the life and example of Jesus, who makes His mission their mission, His values their values, and His heart their heart.

A disciple is someone who desperately seeks to be like Jesus. A disciple is someone so committed to the cause of Christ that they would follow Him through the gates of hell and back.

A disciple is someone who finds their entire identity, purpose and meaning in Jesus. Jesus is the center of their lives. They are all in, fully committed.

Not only is a disciple willing to die for Jesus, but they are dedicated to living every day of their life for Him.


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11 replies

  1. Well, we never know where something good will be found.Did you ever read the book or watch the TV broadcast of Not a Fan? This reminds me of that. Good stuff, brother.

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  2. Great distinctions made here. Well written and thoughtful, straight from the Holy Spirit. Thank you for discipling me in this conversation.

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  3. Not to sound divisive here but a clear distinction on some of this in my humble opinion would necessitate the word “False” preceding the word Convert. It would be presumptuous on our part to say that all converts are carnal. Each and every person is different. A convert happens to also be a disciple, although lacking spiritual maturity which is not an instantaneous process, and before one becomes completely committed to the cause of Christ, they must first be converted.

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  4. For one, God is the ‘soul winner’ and we can’t convert anybody. However, we can help people grow in their faith.



  1. Our mission isn’t to win converts; it’s to make disciples. So what is the difference? – Truth in Palmyra

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