How do we disciple nations and what constitutes a church?

How do we disciple nations?

There is really no other way to achieve this goal but through planting New Testament churches in every country of the world (Acts 14).  Paul’s pattern was to travel to areas and plant churches.  We see in Acts that they spread out and witnessed by planting churches, not just evangelizing – through Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the uttermost ends of the earth.

And what constitutes a church? 

It is not the number of people.  A New Testament church is where there has been Godly appointed leadership in the form of elders and deacons, and where there are believers.

We must be so careful not to just see people saved and then leave them to fend for themselves.  We don’t do this with our natural children and shouldn’t do it with our spiritual children either.  We need to see those who have come to Christ knitted into local churches.

 

Hardship is a test of our commitment to God

If people come to me and are not ready to abandon their fathers, mothers, wives, children, brothers, and sisters, as well as their own lives, they cannot be my disciples.Luke 14:26 (God’s Word Bible)

Sometimes the cost of following God can’t be predicted. You must make up your mind early if you are all in or if you are going to hold something back. One thing that tests our commitment to what God has called us to is hardship. Is this hardship going to change your motivation?

Hardship comes in many forms. I have learned that it is an invitation to obey God and a chance for Him to show how He is always faithful.

 

 

The process for discipling nations is …

MATTHEW 28:19-20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising 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 always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The process for discipling nations is …

  • To see people saved, who become radical disciples / believers
  • Plant churches with these new disciples
  • Plant bases from which to operate
  • Train, equip and release these people

 

 

Father the next generation

In the ministry we need to father the next generation and be actively involved in their spiritual growth and development, so that they can be raised up as leaders who will go on to do the same.

1 Timothy 1:2 - Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • Treating someone as a son speaks of commitment, love, patience and grace to see them come to maturity.
  • Likewise sons should take responsibility in their father’s house and share in their inheritance.