If you study the term evangelist and where it was derived from your perspective would be changed. The evangelist would carry around a legal document back in the day called an euangelion. The euangelion was a document that announced the arrival of the heir to the thrown, meaning the son of the King has been born..
So being called an evangelist just means that you are carrying the message or the announcement of the arrival of the King. And if you think that you can be a Christian and not share this good news, you are making a mistake. Praise be to God. Pls also identify themes that are common to your views in the article. When we do that we realize the church truly has a common goal- to know Christ and to make him known to the nations. The article goes further to challenge us to be more effective.
This commentary has been tugging on my heart strings for several years!
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Why is it that the large churches continue to get larger and the small ones stay small? Is God different in the large ones verses the small ones? Is the gospel different? Are the large churches growing because of decipleship? Whether you attend a small or large church, are the brother and sisterhood any closer outside the church walls than inside?
Why is there thousands of different churches all following for the most part the gospel of Christ?
Do you think having more knowledge of the scripture created all of these churches following the same gospel? What is doctrine? Does doctrine dictate the gospel? What is missing????? If the answer is in the Bible, does having more knowledge of the Bible complete the puzzle? Why does the non-christians feel that all we do is psycobabble our religion? Is psycobabble just another term for decipleship?
Again, really, what is decipleship???? What is missing???? My father was a paster for almost thirty years, 1st half on Sunday, 2nd half on Saturday! He spent most of his life obedient to Christ and to the doctrine of his church. Yet, during all of his years committing to being a deciple of Christ, he admitted to me close to his death that this was the hardest most frustrating thing to do.
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What was missing during his life as a paster???? There was talk of knowledge of the scriptures, but as I said earlier, does that make us a deciple? Where can wisdom be found? What is knowledge?
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Now what is missing???? They answered, No, we have not heard that there is a Holy Spirit. ROMANS ,  …called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God  the gospel he promised beforehand…  regarding his Son Jesus Christ  and through the Spirit Holy Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. That was really a good reply! I agree the church is getting discipleship wrong, but adding more rules and programs is not the answer. Faith is always the missing piece the world does not understand.
When we act as ambassadors for Christ we are living out the gospel, when we give to the orphan and widow, we are living out the gospel. The gospel will always be the stench of death to those who are perishing, but we have an oppertunity to share our faith with those around us… only the Holy Spirit can draw them. Teaching the scriptures… etc. God used John to define love as life to those who believe.
So because we are told in the letters of John the world is going to perish and because we are told in the Gospel of John that Jesus has no part with the world and neither should people who take His name, then no, God does not love the world. Rather He loves the believers out of it and its condemnation into life. Corrected errors. So because we are told the letters if John the world is going to perish and because we are told in the Gospel of John that Jesus has no part with the world and neither should people who take His name, then no, God does not love the world.
I loved this article, Carey. We have to go and expand the family of God and encourage others to go do the same through evangelization. You can count me in now! I like much of what you say here but I would disagree with your be vs make disciples. As a pastor, I would not want new Christians with little knowledge of the Bible or Christian disciplines starting by discipling others. While the pastor s and other leaders have a role in discipling, people also have to take ownership of their own discipleship.
The summaries of the church I read in Acts are of Christians seeking to BE disciples by studying the teachings of the apostles, prayer, fellowship, etc.
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While I get your point, I do think you present a false dichotomy. Remember the woman at the well? She drew a crowd to Jesus even before she had had a full class of discipleship with Jesus. Great article! The Corinthian church was, in all likelihood, an evangelizing, disciple -making church and that is probably why or the main reason it had so many carnal members.
I know I did and still do. I remember when! God is not finished with me, with all believers, who still walk this earth. Another reason to be gracious towards other believers. Great post Carey. A student learns to know what the teacher knows so they get a passing grade.
An apprentice learns to do what the teacher does. Can you provide a link for this translation? I am not versed in Hebrew and my google searches are failing me. Yes, yes…. We have wrongly separated evangelism and discipleship, and ironically discipleship from disciple-making. What is it we are actually seeking to produce? I think this is great. But I do think this is putting it a little too black and white, when in reality it should go together —acknowledging that two things are both part of each other. Barth says that faith is knowledge, so we do need that.
But he does call this to be knowledge that forms and guides our lives.
So our discipleship is to be one that is done because we have this knowledge. So we are to forgive our enemies because Jesus has called us to do so, we feed the poor because Jesus fed the poor, we evangelize because Christ called us to do so, and most importantly, we love because Jesus has loved us. All of those are things we know of, but our knowledge has just put them there, as information. Our faith knowledge has to be more of doing, which does include evangelism, but that evangelism is certainly only found in the discipleship. Furthermore, for those who love God, the two would be mutually inclusive.
We cannot be a true disciple without discipling others and we cannot truthfully disciple others without being a disciple. We follow and lead at the same time.
I am not speaking of salvation requirements, but of discipleship. When you can restore believers without condemning or judging them, knowing any of us, no matter how mature can fall into sin. Carey, this is so helpful. I find myself making these same statements when approaching ministry. Jesus DOES actually love the world. I knew it all along, He actually loves this place! This is how you learn how to do the making.
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This is where you learn humility. And, then, at the same time you must be in another relationship where you are doing the making and the other is doing the being.