Friday, January 02, 2009

Go Make Disciples

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Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

As Christians we are commanded to fulfill the Great Commission. We are commissioned to make disciples over the idea of collecting “first time decision cards” for Christ. We have two assurances in this passage for our success in this endeavor. Complete authority is given to Jesus (v.18) and He has authorized us to do to carry out His work. Lastly, He will be with us (v.20) and He dwells in us. Therefore, we are confident that we can accomplish the task,

So where do we begin? Well, the answer is simple. We should follow Christ's example as recorded in Matt 4:18-22;Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11. Jesus found His first disciples at the place they worked. Andrew, Peter, James, and John were fisherman. Jesus found them while they were at work. The same can be true for us. We don't have to complicate it. We don't have to go to a foreign country, although I do recommend at least going on a short term mission trip. We don't have to wait for Sunday service or a men's/women's bible study group. Notice that Jesus didn't find His first disciples in the synagogue. Luke records that Jesus did preach at the synagogues first (Luke 4:44). The church is where we are built up for ministry. Ministry (a.k.a...discipleship) happens where the people are. Therefore let us go in the authority of Christ and make disciples at our jobs or if you're a student at school.

Here is another word of encouragement. Each account given in regards to Jesus finding His first disciples begins with “one day”. There is a “one day” awaiting your co-workers or classmates. There is a “one day” awaiting your unsaved family members and friends. By the Spirit of God, I can tell you that if we step out in faith, there will be a “one day” encounter that will change all other days. The normal course of life will be interrupted by the divine and lives will be re-ordered and re-defined for the glory of God.

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At January 5, 2009 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Brian and Krysten said...

I am right there with you brother...Today is the day of Salvation, and even greater - to become and make disciples of Christ within our sphere of influence.

I am challenged right now to encourage and edify my own immediate family members to become disciples of Christ. Our family has been blessed with the same vision - to become unified by seeking God weekly on a conference call geared toward prayer, study of scripture and focused communication to bring our family closer together. This sounds great, but can be very challenging to all that have the courage to call in on a weekly basis. Imagine trying to bring your parents, your siblings, their spouses and some of their older children (along with your own) together on a phone call, complete with all the differences with where everyone stands in their walk with GOD, diffences in time zones due to everyone living all over the country, not to mention the baggage of all the past and generational difficulties that go into play to try to keep unity far from those involved.

But our God is good! He is there every week for those who call in and we are all blessed by the outcome of the calls. It may be rocky at times, but in the end - Gods Name is praised and glorified.

Please continue with these blogs...who knows, they may be the topic of one of our conference calls.

May you and your family be blessed because you first believed!


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