The Great Commission Greatly Omitted

Posted: January 26, 2009 by Josiah Batten in Christian living, Current Issues, Reform, The Church
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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  -Matthew 28:19-20, NIV

I love evangelism, and preaching the Gospel is a mandate of the Church found in so many places I can hardly fathom how the Church is not more committed to it.  But our evangelism for the past few decades has been less then effective.  It’s not only been uneffective, it’s been un-Biblical.

Jesus’ Great Commission is more than a call to pass out tracts, it’s essentially a call to make disciples. Street evangelism is good, but we can’t just try to make converts and not train them up in the faith.  We need to go the extra mile and disciple them, baptize them and teach them to obey everything Christ has commanded us.

We can not hold to the belief that simply going to Sunday School, Youth Group, Wednesday Bible Study, Sunday services, or anything else will somehow just make disciples.  Discipleship happens through relationships.  Jesus spent three years with 12 disciples, and He spent a good deal of that time with three of the 12.  Jesus built relationships, relationships were the means by which Jesus taught and trained the disciples.

Discipleship is much more then just learning about a Sunday School lesson, it’s actually living in obedience to the Lord.  Discipleship involves practical training, and practical application.  I dare say if there is no application of faith in every day life then there has been no true discipleship.  Why is it we worry about our students going to a secular college?  Because in 18 years of our traditional methods we have not actually made disciples. We’ve spoon-fed people the same principles about Jonah that they’ve heard since pre-school.

We need to get beyond spoon-feeding the saints, we must make disciples.  And this will require a complete reformation of our current methods.

God bless!

Josiah

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