He didn’t say make decisions. Sure, a decision is needed as the first step in becoming a disciple, but it must go way beyond that. As long as we embrace the fact that the decision is only the first step of many, we can press on in disciple-making.
He didn’t say plant churches. Planting churches is good–as long as the ultimate objective is that we’re making disciples. In Converge’s global efforts, we are planting lots of churches — actually, thousands of them. This is good, especially since we believe this is the best method of making disciples like Jesus told us. But, if we’re planting churches for the sake of planting churches , we’re just giving ourselves good opportunities to produce impressive videos, tell attention-getting stories, or enable us to brag about our “impact.”
Jesus didn’t say that we are to make people happy, give them a better life, teach them lots of information (He actually told us to teach them to “observe everything I have taught you”), have lots of programs, or impressive theological schools. None of these are bad in themselves, but any of these must never be our ultimate focus in life and ministry.
Jesus told us to “go and make disciples.”
Pretty simple, but we still have a lot of work to do. Let’s get back at it.