You would realize from past blog posts that I am very concerned that we are not intentional about making disciples as they did in the Early Church. Back on February 14th I commented on Acts 14:21 and also noted that Timothy was a disciple that Paul took under his tutoring in Acts 16:1-3. Just yesterday I received the May/June issue of Mission Frontiers and immediately turned to the editorial by Rick Wood. Please note his concern regarding discipling as it relates to reaching every unreached people group. It mirrors my own concern.
“For if we simply go to every people and establish a church like many we have in the West, where believers are not equipped to go and make disciples and churches do not plant reproducing churches, than we will have established in every people a sterile form of the Christian faith that could inoculate those in need of the gospel against the powerful biblical faith of Scripture. Jesus has called all of us to go and make disciples who disciple others. Establishing a faulty form of doing church in every people group could prevent the creation of the thousands of discipleship movements that are essential to provide access to the gospel to every person.”
Let me put Rick’s comment another way. How sad it would be if we fail to disciple believers so they fail in discipling others because our form of discipling is empty of the Spirit’s power. We fall into this through lack of prayer and not being intentional about the biblical model.
Rick Wood, Mission Frontiers, May/June 2017, page 4.
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