Our pastor gave a great sermon this week that concluded an eleven week sermon series on the “Story of the Christ.” There was so much amazing about these sermons, but something he said this week really hit me. He spoke about Jesus’ last words on this earth, sometimes called The Great Commission.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
There are two parts to this command. The first is to make disciples by baptism. Our pastor referred to this as people becoming “Believers.” In other words those who have made the decision that they need Christ as their personal Savior.
The second part of this is to teach others to “obey everything I have commanded you.” Our pastor referred to this as people becoming “Disciples” which is about being a student and of all that Christ had to say and being willing to live it out.
He then said something that really struck a cord with me. He said, “I submit to you the reason that Christianity in America is so lame is that we have too many Believers and not enough Disciples.”
Aren’t we missing the point if we as Christians are so focused on “converting” people without living a life that models that of Christ? Lame indeed.
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