This is the last scheduled reminder…not saying it is the last…we have it in mind to send out an occasional reminder in the upcoming weeks and months, may not be on the blog…but we’ll get it out someway. If nobody else needs reminders, I fully admit I will. I get caught up in the “day to day” and find myself drifting away…one of the reasons we need to work on making habits. So, I’ll work on reminding y’all…y’all working on reminding each other – included me in those reminders. We’d love to hear how these habits are impacting your life, not just right now…but in a few months.
And may we present…evangelism.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)
We call it the “Great Commission”…Jesus COMMANDS us to go and make disciples…this is the heart of evangelism. Go and make…two simple words with so much meaning. Here are a few excerpts from I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That: Finding Joy In The Inconvenience of Discipleship by Steve Timmis
“So the command Jesus gave consists of two main elements: go and disciple. The means by which people are discipled are baptism and teaching. In my experience, it’s the easy words that can trip us up the hardest, so let’s go through them one at a time, just to be sure we don’t miss anything.
Go. One word. Two letters. Single syllable. It is difficult to think of a more accessible word. “Go” is simple, direct, and unambiguous. Go means don’t stay here. It means don’t hang around. It means don’t put your feet up and relax. Not yet anyway. There is a job to be done, and it will only be done if you go. In fact, it is so clear that, if we listen carefully as we sit sipping our cappuccinos, we should be able to hear Jesus asking, “What part of ‘go’ did you not understand?”
For all of its simplicity, the word “go” gives meaning, clarity, and purpose to our lives. The kingdom of God extending is a big deal. The reverberations of what happened on the cross and what was shouted out from the empty tomb are almost too staggering to comprehend. But the instruction “go” brings us all into play…
…The grace that comes to us in Christ means that we are collaborators in this kingdom expansion. It is not just God at work, but God at work in us and through us…
…Look at the word attached to the command: “therefore.” In that one word, we are reminded of the staggering claim made by the resurrected Jesus: all authority has been given to me. That is why we go and that is why we are able to go. We don’t go on our own, under our own steam, and in our own strength. We go, confident that the Lord who speaks has the authority to send us and the power to sustain us. And that is not simply a good thing; it is a truly great thing!…
…“Disciple” looks like it might be a slightly more difficult word, but it is actually quite simple. According to Matthew 4:19 – 20, a disciple was someone who obeyed the call of Jesus to follow him and gave up everything to do so. Disciples were the ones Jesus was now commanding to go to the nations to make even more disciples. Because they knew what a disciple was, they also knew that the disciples they would make would also be those who would follow Jesus and give up everything for him. A disciple is a disciple is a disciple. You don’t get different classes of disciples, such as a “stay-at-home-with-your-feet-up” disciple, or a “prefer-to-be-on-the-tennis-court” disciple, or a “get-back-to-me-when-I’ve-made-it-to-the-top” disciple. You just get the “follow-Jesus-and-give-up-everything-for-him” disciple. Integral to that identity is the privilege and responsibility of making more disciples. That process will then keep on being repeated, ad infinitum, because disciples make disciples…
…“Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded . . .” You teach others to obey primarily by obeying yourself. This is not to denigrate or minimize the importance of formal teaching times, but it is to emphasize the need for us to bring teaching off the platform and embed it into life. The Bible is central to our identity as Christians, and the best context for it to be taught is in the setting of life and relationships. God’s Word should not just be central to a weekly meeting; it has to be at the heart of all we do and how we relate.”
Timmis, Steve. I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That: Finding Joy in the Inconvenience of Discipleship (pp. 132-135). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
- If you’re not sure you would know what to say if you had the opportunity to share…spend some time this week writing/typing something out. Verses and perhaps even some bullet points about what God has done in your life. (If you’re not sure about what verses to use, look up “The Roman Road” on the internet. It’s a good place to start.
- Memorize at least one verse this week that you could use to help evangelize.
- Identify someone you would like to come alongside and disciple. Speak to them about it. (Don’t go looking for someone to do a bible study with…pray about someone you can come alongside with and help them grow in their walk. Perhaps, you may need to ask for someone to disciple you…if that’s the case, ask someone this week.)