Category Archives: Discipleship

Musings On The Missionary Enterprise

NOT EVERYTHING CALLED MISSIONS IS MISSIONS. My understanding of missionary work is formed by the Book of Acts. The clear pattern there is evangelism, discipleship, establishing churches, and training pastors / elders. When I came to my present pastorate I studied the list of supported missionaries and discovered that of 16 entities only two were on this program… Continue reading

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Is Missions Just for Missionaries?

One of the problems that we face in missions today is a spectator mentality in churches because we have abdicated our responsibility to complete the Great Commission to mission boards and/or to individual missionaries. Continue reading

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The Continuation Of The Great Commission

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For the most part, church members do not engage in the great commission at a personal level but rather by contributing resources so that the corporate body can send out a “Great Commission Expert” (missionary) to do it for them. However, this is a far cry from what the Lord intended when He issued the Commission. Continue reading

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The Consequence Of The Great Commission

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Modern believers have convinced themselves that spiritual maturity is based on information and that it takes a long time. However, if one follows the New Testament pattern, mature disciples were made in short order. They were tested by persecution and stood! The secret was the absolute insistence on personal obedience to the demands and expectations of Scripture. This is the forgotten side of the Great Commission in many churches today. Continue reading

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The Content Of The Great Commission

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Many contemporary approaches to the Great Commission have focused on the Lord’s instruction to go to all nations. In other words, for them, the dominant responsibility of the commission is to go to the nations. However, the grammar of the Lord’s statement makes clear that the central imperative of the Commission is the making of disciples. That central imperative will be accomplished by three accompanying activities – going, baptizing, and teaching. Continue reading

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The Context Of The Great Commission

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Matthew’s Great Commission is deeply rooted in broader theological soil than only recruiting disciples from all the nations for Messiah’s future kingdom. Those roots extend in at least four directions. Continue reading

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Parenthood & Discipleship

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By our example and teaching, we desire to cultivate a love for God’s Word and the understanding that it stands far above all else. For us in America, this is often fleshed out as “Scriptural Truth over Psychology.” For the Third World citizen, this could very well be fleshed out as “Scriptural Truth over Indigenous Spirit Beliefs.” What is important is the heart assuring belief and trust in the sufficiency of Scripture. Continue reading

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Deputation And The Local Church

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We hadn’t meant to fall in love with this church plant; we’d meant to come to Denver, get some church planting experience and leave for the mission field a year later. God’s way was different, and the first thing that our new pastors did was slow us down. Actually, they told us we weren’t ready three different times. Those delays were critical for the development that we needed, but they were hard. First, the pastors invited me to become a pastoral intern so that I could be developed in leading a church and then be sent out as a pastor if God wanted me to plant churches. Continue reading

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Realizing Biblical Outcomes When Planting Churches Cross-Culturally

The Church Planter’s goal in leadership development is to see God-exalting independent Baptist churches with trained national leadership. This outcome is not realized by chance. The church planter must demonstrate openness, communicate, and have the humility to give and receive correction and criticism. (Phil. 2:1-18) Continue reading

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Church Planting: Discipleship From Day One

One mistake church planters make is not incorporating a comprehensive approach to discipleship from day 1 of the new church plant. Continue reading

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