Monday, March 4, 2013

Making Disciples

I shared earlier this morning that I did not preach yesterday. I was able to listen to Luke Rosenberger, another pastor at our church, preach from Matthew 28:19-20 on making disciples. Then this morning, I picked up David Platt's new book, Follow Me, and was struck by several statements he made on this same subject. I will review this book later in the week, but for now, I hope you are struck by the power of these thoughts as well.
"Clearly, the overflow of transformation in these disciples was multiplication through these disciples. As Jesus transformed their minds, they became convicted that people needed to hear the gospel. As Jesus transformed their desires, they longed for people to hear the gospel. As Jesus transformed their wills, they were compelled to give their lives proclaiming the gospel. As Jesus transformed their relationships, they loved people enough to share the gospel with them, even though it cost them everything they had. Jesus had transformed their very purpose for living--every disciple was sacrificially committed to making disciples--and the trajectory of their lives was never the same. All of this makes me wonder what we're missing. When I look at the church today, it seems like we have taken the costly command of Christ to go, baptize, and teach all nations and mutated it into a comfortable call for Christians to come, be baptized, and sit in one location" (68-69). 
"So what is keeping us from obeying this command today? I mean every single one of us. Why are so  many supposed Christians sitting on the sidelines of the church, maybe even involved in the machinery of the church, but not wholeheartedly, passionately, sacrificially, and joyfully giving their lives to making disciples of all nations? Could it be because so many people in the church have settled for superficial religion instead of supernatural regeneration?" (69-70)

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