This podcast was recorded at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 2017 Annual Meeting and focuses on disciple-making. Most discipleship methods are focused on what people know or what can they do, but an inspiration to fulfill the Great Commission is oftentimes lacking. While it’s good that church leaders are embracing the vision to make disciples and providing abundant methods and tools to do so, that hesitancy for Christians to engage in sharing the gospel still lingers. Have sincere, but misplaced, motives caused this reluctance? Brian Upshaw explores a practical way to help motivate disciples to make disciples by connecting how the Great Commandment fuels everything in the life of a believer.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
What we’ve really understood is there’s a biblical mandate that every disciple ought to be making disciples. That is what we’re called to do. And simply put, Jesus commanded us to make disciples, and He said He would build His church. He gave us a mission to make disciples, and He said, “You let Me worry about building My church.” We have come to a place where we’re lifting this up, and so many of you pastors and leaders in the local church, you have embraced this vision to make disciples. We’ve got the “why” and we’re working on the “how,” and we’re seeing fruit from that, fruit from the harvest. We praise God for that. But as we talk about this, what’s become more and more my conviction, is as we wrestle through the what and the how, maybe we’re overlooking one of the key components, and that’s the heart. You know the Great Commission. The Great Commission is our marching orders. That’s what we’ve built this strategy around. It’s about Jesus’ command to go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey or observe all that I have commanded you. Obedience is a key to this Great Commission. And then He gives us this beautiful promise: “Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” It begins with all authority, He tells us to go make disciples of all nations, He says to teach them all I have commanded you and observe that, and I will be with you always. He gives us His authority, His power, His presence and His commands.
by Brian Upshaw / Disciple-Making Team / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
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