Exponential #1: Go and Make Discples

john316This week I have the opportunity to attend the Exponential East conference here in Tampa.  Exponential is a 3-day, biannual conference (one West one East) which focuses on church planting.  So, it’s right up our alley.  I thought I’d blog about some of the sessions throughout the conference.  So, be looking for these blog posts throughout the next few days.

Session 1 – Igniting a Culture of Multiplication

Our first speaker focused on the Great Commission:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

He had some good points…

  • The Great Commission tells us to “Go”.  However, too often churches today say, “come”.  We need to going out to the people where they are.
  • We weren’t called to just be church members, we were called to be disciples.  Disciples follow their master in order to be trained and eventually teach others, and make new disciples.
  • We shouldn’t decide who should hear the Gospel and who shouldn’t.  Rather we should share the Gospel with anyone any chance we have.  Then let the Holy Spirit do His work.  If you think about the parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9), the person sowing the seed threw the seed everywhere, not just on the good soil.  So, we should also sow the Gospel in anyone and not try to determine which type of soil they are.
  • The multiplication element is that each person who receives faith in Christ and becomes a disciple is trained and then goes out to share the Gospel with others and train them…who then go out and share the Gospel with the people they know…and so on.
  • He also talked about the importance of prayer in all this.  Prayer for the people we want to share the Gospel with, prayer for ourselves, prayer that the Holy Spirit would create faith in the people with whom we share the Gospel.

What Do You Think?

  • Do you think of yourself more as a disciple or a church member?
  • Have you shared (or thought about sharing) the Gospel with people you know  who do not know Jesus?

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