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We established the fact that reaching people is what it is all about.

But let’s drill down on that.

After the resurrection, Jesus left the Eleven with the Great Commission. (Judas had gone to his own place by then.)

The Great Commission

Let’s review exactly what Jesus said …

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

There is only one main verb in the process here. It is the one word “μαθητεύσατε”; it means to disciple. That is not well defined in our day. It just means find someone who is not a disciple and make him/her a disciple. This has nothing to do with some long course of study. It is the first thing. Bam. Believe and you ARE a disciple. But how do we get people to see that?

The Source of Faith

Paul says,
“… faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
He says this referring to the Israelites of old. And in the next verse he says, “But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did …” and he goes on to prove it by quoting a Psalm.

So, in your world can you say, “Of course they have heard!” You might have tried but you need something to boost your witness so your FRANs hear straight from the “word about Christ.”

Personal Outreach and Reaching People

I just finished a conversation with a mentee. He told me that he cannot recall one course or class in his Bible school experience that taught him anything about reaching people. Maybe he wasn’t paying attention or maybe his perception is true! He is not complaining about what he did learn. He is finding out that they skipped the foundations and went on to things that interest professors. It is as if they skipped the math lessons on addition and subtraction and went straight to advanced calculus. He passed. But …

I still haven’t answered that question, have I? For our day, “So what IS the answer?”

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Gary V Carter

Gary V Carter

President at Kainos International Ministries
For five decades Gary has demonstrated an abiding concern for people. All need to know and respond to the Gospel. The John Challenge is one way to encourage people to cut through religious clutter and look at the original facts. Only then can they make an informed decision about who or what they will follow.
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