Some of the most exciting moments in this ministry are when those being taught the Word of God immediately understand by the Holy Spirit and obey the Scriptures. You might think this is common everywhere, but it is not. In places where tradition is more deeply rooted in the heart than what the Bible actually says, it is rare to see this happen.
We have just completed a conference in Oslo, Norway. God’s Plan for His Disciples and God’s Plan for His Church were both introduced to over 100 Vietnamese pastors. Tim spoke near the end of the conference on baptism, using the Scriptures from Lesson 3 in GPHD. As a result of the message, 16 were baptized. Praise the Lord!!
This reminds us of Peter’s bold proclamation of the gospel to Cornelius and those in his house. “While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word…Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.” (Acts 10:44, 46–48).
This kind of immediate obedience is what establishes believers more firmly in their faith. From personal experience, immediate obedience also increases joy in the Lord (13:52). Promoting this kind of discipling is essential to seeing the expansion of the gospel into all people groups.
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