The Method of the Believer

To finish the “M” pack lets look at “how” the believer can accomplish the Mission. Read the others before this one.

The Method:

It’s simple, we do as Jesus did. Discipleship. In the end of Matthew Jesus tells his disciples to go and make disciples. Did you catch that? Disciples making more disciples.

2 Timothy 2:2, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others.” So Paul is discipling Timothy to disciple faithful men who will be able to disciple others. This is the Biblical example. It’s what Barnabas did with Saul (later Paul). It’s what Paul did to Timothy (and many others).

So the foreign worker goes to another nation and begins to disciple the locals who then begin discipling other locals. This process continues and soon the foreign worker is no longer needed. Once his/her grandkids (spiritually) start discipling, the process (by God’s grace) has become self-sustaining and indigenous. Thus the foreigner has worked him/herself out of the need to be there.

Of course this process can take many years. Be faithful with who He brings along to disciple and like John the Baptist said, “”A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven (John 3:27).”

Discipleship is the method that Jesus used, He preached crazy things to the masses, but always explained things,  stuck close, and taught the twelve disciples separately. Going is the Mandate, a self-sustaining indigenous church is the Mission, and discipleship is the Method.

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The Mission of the Believer

Alright, round two of the “M” series.

The Mission:

Many people have a skewed idea of what the Mission of the believer is. As we learned in the Mandate, we are to Go to the nations, but what are we trying to accomplish by going to the nations? Are we there to pray, are we there to build buildings or schools, are we trying to save as many as possible, what is the mission, what is the end goal?

The goal or mission of the believer in another country is to cultivate and create an indigenous self-sustaining group of Christ followers. The goal is to work yourself out of the job. Lets break this down:

I can share my faith best with those in my own culture. Someone coming from France to America is not able to speak English as well, relate as well as an American can (don’t get me wrong though, it’s only God who saves). In many former Soviet countries Christianity is the Russian Religion and has nothing to do with the locals, but when a person of the same people group believes in this Jesus, the curiosity starts. So the goal of a foreign believer is more so to equip locals than focus everything on evangelism.

That explains why we want an indigenous group, what about the self-sustaining part of the Mission? Self-sustaining will be able to, as it says, be self-sustaining in that people group without the need for foreign support. Making sure that it won’t die out within the next generation or two. We will look at this more in the next “M” post.

So once this is accomplished the foreign believer has essentially worked him/herself out of the need to be there! All of this is by the Grace and will of the Father of course.

It’s a beautiful picture.

The Mandate of the Believer

We are going to do a quick three “M” pack in the next couple of days.

The Mandate:

Mandate is defined as, “An official order or commission to do something.” So what is our Mandate as believers?

Matthew 28:18-20, “Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Mark 15:16, “Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”

Luke 24:45-49, “Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.”

John 20-21, “Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

If the Mandate isn’t clear, read these passages again. Go. Preach. We are being sent. Proclaim. Disciple.

To the whole world!

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