As we move past Thanksgiving and into Christmas and the close of 2012, there are so many obvious topics to write about, all worthy to engage in. However, as I sit to share with you all, there is only one message I truly desire to get out. Before I share what that is though, I invite you all to answer the following two questions:
- In the Great Commission, as given in Matthew 28:19-20, we are commanded by Jesus to “Go, therefore, and make ___________________ of all nations…”
- As a follower of Jesus, lovingly and joyfully obedient to His commandments, the last three disciples I have intentionally made were named: ________________________, ________________________, and _________________________.
OK, so how did you do? Based on a very general understanding of the American church and our ministry team, I’m very optimistic that we did great with question one. We are commanded to make disciples.
How about question two though? While it’s not my desire to be pessimistic, I’ll bet a number of you are struggling to name one person, let alone three who you have helped to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and then helped to grow into a mature disciple who is now also making disciples.
As you read and think about these questions and your answers, assuming you are a follower of Jesus, is there a disconnect? If so, how do you respond to that? If there's not, I praise the Lord for your faithfulness in making disciples. For me though… the disconnect is convicting to say the least. Jesus, my Lord, my Savior, the One who was tortured and killed on my behalf so that I may experience eternal life, the One to whom I will one day give an account, the One whom I say I love has commanded me to make disciples. How have I responded? Not well, at least not most of the time. To be frank and honest, there is a word for what I have been most of my life… disobedient! I’m NOT OK with this. Perhaps you’re in the same boat?
Either way, I now finally bring us back to the message I desire to share. On November 10th and 11th, Pastors Francis Chan and David Platt hosted a powerful, live, three hour webcast where they invited us, the church body, to respond to the Great Commission. It was a powerful message, and the recording is now available for viewing via the webcast through December 8th (a video of the webinar will be loaded after that time). And so, here is my request, invitation, and prayer, that you would gather your family, friends, Huddle, small group, or maybe just yourself to go and watch this webcast. If you do, I believe you will be moved!
More will be coming regarding this in future months, but for now, please watch and share the video. Then go, and make disciples.
For God’s Glory,
Tue, December 4, 2012
by Chris Anderson filed under