Where Did We Come From?
Disciple, an online-only, monthly e-magazine, is an outreach of Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel (AMG) International, an international missions agency in Chattanooga, Tenn. AMG's distinctive has always been its reliance on national workers to carry the Gospel in their own cultures, and we sensed a call to help English-speaking Christians see and develop their role as "national workers" in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, and elsewhere.
To that end, AMG started Pulpit Helps Magazine in 1975 to reach out to pastors in those areas. Over the years, we've expanded our target audience beyond vocational pastors to anyone who is committed to studying and teaching God's Word. After the 2009 publication year, we stopped printing Pulpit Helps and developed Disciple as a new way to clarify and give form to our mission of making disciples of every nation.
As you read this publication, you'll notice a lot of references to AMG International and our work—this isn't just because they "pay the bills", but because we want both to serve you in your personal growth and the awakening of Christ's kingdom purposes in your heart and draw you intentionally to an organization committed to connecting disciples at home and abroad for the glory of God.
Why Are We Here?
The concept of being and making disciples of Jesus is core to our faith. "Disciple" is translated from the Greek term "mathētēs", meaning a learner or pupil. In that sense, we are called to be "students" of Christ, the incarnate Word of God. Disciple Magazine exists to assist and equip believers for deeper understanding and application of Scripture and God's call to "make disciples of all the nations" (Matt. 28:19).
There are a plethora of Christian publications around the world that focus on individual spiritual growth. We have purposed to be distinctive in tying personal growth to obedience to God's kingdom purposes—growth not for growth's sake, but for Christ's mission.
Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them in the truth; Thy Word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself" (John 17:17-19a). The sanctification He speaks of here can't possibly refer to sin, since he applies it to Himself. Instead, He speaks of being set apart, sent out into the world for the Father's purpose. In that light, personal holiness is not only about mortifying sin but about bold obedience to Him who sent us. Pursuit of that sanctification is our driving goal.
What Will I Find in This Magazine?
We try to wrap all our content around our focus of discipling disciple-makers, but it comes in a variety of forms. Some of our content is expositional, some is devotional, some covers nuts-and-bolts practicality, some focuses on examples of discipleship around the world, but we strive to make sure that it is all Scripture-saturated. We cover books and culture as they relate to our core focus, and we attempt keep you updated on the movement of the Gospel around the world with news that you won't find from mainstream sources. You'll also find some seasonal material, and lots of connections to other fantastic resources.
All of our content comes from volunteers: pastors, missionaries, teachers, and others on the journey of following Christ. We want to create a community through our content, so please always feel free to comment to us (you can add feedback to the message boards at the end of every article, in addition to connecting with us on our blog, following us on Twitter, and "liking" Disciple on Facebook) and keep the lines of communication open. Discipleship is all about relationship!