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An Ancient Strategy for a New Year
Greetings in Christ! We trust you are anticipating good things from the Lord in this New Year. It is hard to believe that it’s already 2020!
In last month’s Prayer Corps, (link to last month’s Prayer Corps) we examined the changing religious and spiritual landscape of the Church. Those of us who are part of an older generation easily recognize these changes, even if we do not understand the reasons for them.
The norms that were accepted for Christian life and the conduct of the Church have been radically changing over the past 40 years. We live in a world that grows increasingly hostile to believers in Christ. Christianity has become by far the world’s most persecuted faith, with an average of 11 Christians martyred for their faith every day – and multitudes more greatly suffering just because they honor Jesus as Lord.
We were warned of such times in Scripture, and should not be surprised by them (Matt 10:22; John 15:18,24; 17:14). But the additional exhortations from the Bible that we are seeing come to pass today should truly concern us: those about Christians falling away from their faith in Christ in great numbers (Matt 24:12; 2Thess 2:3; 1Tim 4:1; 2Tim 3:1-7,4:1).
Most of us know a seemingly committed Christ-follower who has recently walked away from their faith. The reasons for this may be many. But the solution to minimizing this problem has already been made clear by God more than 2,000 years ago!
God’s Global Strategy: Make Disciples!
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus told His closest followers to “make disciples.” In the Greek language, this was spoken in the form of a command. “Going, baptizing, teaching” are all participles in the Greek Language describing how we should be making disciples.
Essentially, Jesus was saying to those gathered in the upper room, “I have made you My disciples, now go and do likewise with all those who desire to follow Me!”
We all know that just attending church, or occasionally giving of our resource or time, is not sufficient. Something more is needed. God saw this day in history from eternity, and gave us a truly effective strategy to reaching – and keeping – the whole world for Christ. But will we seek to know, follow and obey Him and His commands?
The subject of Making Disciples is far larger than can be covered on this page. I would urgently encourage you to go to visit our website by clicking on this link “Foundations.” There you will find World MAP’s latest video teaching series about Authentic Disciples.
This 10-part teaching is practical and scriptural. Though designed for training pastors, it is applicable to every believer in Jesus Christ. Perhaps you can even encourage your pastor to view it as well.