The Devolution of Disciple-Making

Friday Musings

Discipleship, Dare to be

“And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying,

‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'”  

(Matthew 28:18-20)

Command:

Make Disciples of all the nations …

Process:  

  1. Going
  2. Baptizing in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  3. Teaching to observe all he commanded.

Promise: 

He will never leave us.

What we have turned it into:

  1. Not making disciples but absorbing them from other churches

  2. Not going outside our buildings and bible studies to anyone outside our comfort zone.

  3. Baptizing the children of long-time believers but few adults who have been won from the culture to Christ.

  4. Teaching not all that He commanded but just those parts that fit comfortably into a politically tepid and culturally irrelevant American dream.

  5. Not holding anyone accountable for progressing in the grace and knowledge of Christ in an “all that He commanded” culture of grace.

Let’s turn this around. Let’s dare to be obedient. Let’s dare to trust the Holy Spirit. Let’s trust that He meant what He said, both about His commands and His promise. 

He hasn’t left us and He never will.


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