Passing the Invitation On

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by: Denise Robinson

06/16/2021

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"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, teaching them to obey everything I've commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age." (Matthew 28:19-20).


The word "evangelist" evokes different images in our minds, some negative, some hopefully positive. Billy Graham, perhaps, comes to mind. There are committed Christians who visit prisoners in jails and prisons, encouraging them to make a profession of faith in Christ. Simpson writes how he is impressed by their devotion and passion, but he himself is not that kind of evangelist. 

You may not be either. But the words of Christ tell us that the task of evangelism includes both leading others to conversion and making "disciples." The discipleship process is similar to an apprenticeship. It is a process not undertaken alone. As Christians, we are commanded to point others to Christ - those who don't know Christ and those who do but need further understanding of Jesus' teaching. We tell people about Jesus and we equip people to live as citizens of God's kingdom where what Jesus taught becomes, ultimately, a reality. And, in the process, we are also faithful in our own promise to follow.

Prayer: Jesus, I have heard your call to make disciples. Help me invite others to learn from you, to trust you, and to follow you - through my prayers, my words, and my  actions. I have committed my life to you. Make me like you, so that others might come to know what you are like. Amen.
"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, teaching them to obey everything I've commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age." (Matthew 28:19-20).


The word "evangelist" evokes different images in our minds, some negative, some hopefully positive. Billy Graham, perhaps, comes to mind. There are committed Christians who visit prisoners in jails and prisons, encouraging them to make a profession of faith in Christ. Simpson writes how he is impressed by their devotion and passion, but he himself is not that kind of evangelist. 

You may not be either. But the words of Christ tell us that the task of evangelism includes both leading others to conversion and making "disciples." The discipleship process is similar to an apprenticeship. It is a process not undertaken alone. As Christians, we are commanded to point others to Christ - those who don't know Christ and those who do but need further understanding of Jesus' teaching. We tell people about Jesus and we equip people to live as citizens of God's kingdom where what Jesus taught becomes, ultimately, a reality. And, in the process, we are also faithful in our own promise to follow.

Prayer: Jesus, I have heard your call to make disciples. Help me invite others to learn from you, to trust you, and to follow you - through my prayers, my words, and my  actions. I have committed my life to you. Make me like you, so that others might come to know what you are like. Amen.
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