KEY SCRIPTURE: John 9:35 KJV “Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”
Our key scripture reveals that the Lord Jesus heard that, the man He healed from blindness had been cast out of the synagogue. He went looking for him, to strengthen him. Conventional Christianity among many church folks has no place for anything as follow-up. It is the duty of the pastorate to go looking for the sheep and taking care of them. This attitude is wrong. The call to disciple younger or new believers is the duty of every child of God, who has learned the basic disciplines of Christian living and service. This is what the great commission is about.
Let us consider what the Bible calls the great commission, Matt 28:19, 20 KJV “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Amen. The great commission is not only about evangelising but is about discipleship. This involves evangelism and follow-up. After one has been introduced to Christ through evangelism, he or she must be followed up and taught the whole counsel of scripture. This is what makes him or her a disciple. Now the call to disciple a new Christian is the duty of every Christian, who has known enough to teach others. Sadly, many Christians only go to church, and at best join a group in the church, like men’s fellowship, or women’s fellowship. This makes the church more of a social organization, than a discipleship-making organization. The church of God is a discipleship-making organisation, and it involves the whole body, not a few people.
In Acts 15:36 Paul and Barnabas discussed the following. Acts 15:36 KJV “And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord and see how they do. They had preached in a number of cities and towns. They realised they had to go back and strengthen the brethren. They were to follow up on them.
This work of evangelism and follow-up is what is called the work of the ministry. The ministerial offices which include, Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are given to the body of Christ to prepare the children of God, for the work of the ministry including other tasks.
Thank you, heavenly father, for enlisting me in the great commission. I diligently evangelise and follow up on the new converts till they become disciples.
THOUGHT: ANY CHURCH THAT LEAVES DISCIPLES MAKING TO THE PASTOR ALONE IS NOT A CHURCH YET.
Eph 4:11 KJV” And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Matt 28:19 KJV Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: