Converts Or Disciples?

It has been awhile since my last post. There is so much happening in the world and I have been praying for direction for our conversations and for how we move forward.

It is becoming more and more difficult to look at the news. Headlines are dominated with reports about coronavirus. People are feeding on reports the pandemic and the change is visible. When we go to the grocery and look at people’s faces it is obvious that they are filled with fear of the coronavirus.

I have heard Andrew Wommack recently refer to the news as the ten spies network. This is a reference back to when Moses sent twelve spies into the promise land. Ten came back with an evil report. Two came back with a faith report and declared that Israel was well able to overcome. The people chose the ten and a whole generation missed out on being able to enter into their promised land.

I believe we are at a tipping point for the Church. There is no doubt in my mind that we are in the last days and that Jesus will be returning soon.

Society has changed as a result of the pandemic sweeping the globe. I have seen people in tears at the store, arguing over the most basic food groups, and mothers scolding children for waving at strangers.

The Church is called to be a light in this darkness. I wonder if this is possible if we are feeding on the same things as the world is feeding on. It seems to be crazy to think that we will experience different results if we are feeding on the same negativity and death that is filling the news.

As I’ve been walking through this strange world we live in I’ve been praying about what my part should be and believe that the Lord has given me an answer. The key thing we should be focusing on today is His Word. If we are going to walk in victory, we will have to develop a bigger vision of the God we serve!

So the question now is how we develop a bigger image of God. Over the years I’ve seen many people respond to altar calls and pray the prayer of salvation. Churches train pray counselors on the right words to use and some even have them memorize “prayers” to lead people into a conversion experience.

We seem to have become proficient at leading people through the ‘process’ of becoming a Christian. Is it enough though to just lead someone through a memorized prayer?

In one sense it seems that the Church has become very proficient in making converts. How many of these ‘new believers’ make the leap from convert to disciple?

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 28:19-20

Jesus did instruct His followers to make converts. He commanded them to “go and make disciples”. There is a vast difference between a disciple and convert. We are going to look at what Paul said about this in the next post.

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