A TIMELY WORD
This year’s World MAP team included Dr. Stan Fleming, a published author and gifted Bible teacher. He particularly enjoys teaching about cults and world religions, contrasting them with authentic biblical Christianity. The pastors greatly enjoyed this enlightening teaching that was so relevant to their everyday life situations.
Last year in Pakistan, I taught on the Kingdom of God and its implications for pastors and their ministries, which was very well received. This year, I built on that theme as I was led to teach on the necessity and purpose of true, biblical discipleship.
I felt strongly that this teaching was timely, but did not anticipate the response I would receive from pastors and key leaders of denominations and house church movements. One after another, they shared with me that this was a prophetically key teaching for both the immediate and long-term direction and development of the Pakistani Church.
Their words affirmed what we sensed in our pre-trip intercessory meeting – the Lord is intending a season of great breakthrough and Kingdom purpose for the Church of Pakistan that will impact their nation, and even surrounding nations.
There was much content in the teaching series on discipleship. But, in essence, I taught that discipleship, though done at the local and personal level, is intended for far greater purpose. When discipleship is examined in the teachings and commands of Scripture, and studied in light of church history, a pattern emerges that is clearly evident.
Discipleship is not simply a church program or a rote set of classes in order to give people something to fill their time. Rather, the process and purpose of discipling others is a grand and strategic vehicle designed by God to fulfill His age-old purpose (Matt 28:18-20).
And that purpose is making the kind of disciples who will make more disciples, who will make more disciples – multiplying to reach every nation (ethnos, people group) with the Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 24:14).
It is the very heart of God that every person might come to know, love, worship, follow and obey Him as the only Lord God, Father and Savior – and His clearly announced plan makes that possible!
The World MAP seminars in Pakistan were powerful and well beyond our expectations. I feel such deep gratitude that God is using the ministry of World MAP to advance His Kingdom purposes in the nations. You are an essential part of World MAP’s expanding influence and reach to serve those who have the least.
At the conclusion of each seminar, we give pastors their anticipated and eagerly-sought Shepherd’s Staff. I explain that this gift was freely provided by their brothers and sisters in North America out of their heart of love and deep belief in the pastors and their important call to ministry. In each place, the conference erupts in cheers and grateful applause – for you!
Our Lord is on the move in the nations of men. He is reaping a great harvest around the world and preparing His chosen leaders and His bride for even greater things to come. I am thankful to join with you in working until He comes!
-Dr. Frank Parrish