Why have we created a website devoted to BMB discipleship? It is because discipling BMBs is an urgent task. We view discipleship as the task of helping believers grow in the likeness of Christ (Eph 4:15), maturing from new believers into active servants of God who can lead others (2 Tim 2:2). We can see the urgency of the task from five different angles:
The Biblical Angle. The biblical mandate is clear: make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19-20). If we merely make converts but then provide them with no means of discipleship, we do not obey Christ’s commission fully.
The Pastoral Angle. New believers are like tender shoots that need care and watering in order for their roots to be anchored firmly in the ground. This is the pastoral responsibility of mature believers who open their hearts and homes to BMBs. Without this, disillusioned BMBs may turn away from the Christian community and even from the Christian faith.
The Sociological Angle. When Muslims turn to Christ, they experience a loss of social identity and often face difficult challenges in relating to their former Muslim communities. Discipleship is the key process by which BMBs can learn how to live in their new Christ-centered identity and represent Christ to their former Muslim communities.
The Educational Angle. Educational theory has demonstrated three areas in which people mature: the head (cognitive), the hands (behavioral), and the heart (affective). We need to facilitate Christian growth in these three areas. So, for example, a new believer should learn not only what Scripture teaches (head), but also put it into practice (hands) and come to love God more through the process (heart).
The Missiological Angle. The future of missions among Muslim groups depends on the current generation of BMBs being trained in God’s word and sent out to train others. If discipleship is ignored in one generation of BMBs, the next generation will lack a solid foundation for growth, an attractive Christ-like community and the motivation for spreading gospel witness to neighboring communities.
Discipling BMBs is an urgent task, and we hope this website will provide the tools for the task.
Monday, December 15, 2014
by Warrick Farah