Go and Make Disciples
Posted by: Pastor Noel Dionson February 9th, 2016
Last Tuesday, February 2, 2016, I had a meeting with Ptr. Eubs Capon, Ptr. Herman Dionson and Bro. Micol Esparagoza. We discussed about the Young Adults Ministry and the Life Group Ministry. Our discussion centered on how the different ministries could accomplish and support the church’s theme for this year which is “Make Disciples.”
Ptr. Herman commented that he liked theme “Make Disciples” without the “Go.” He said that “Go and Make Disciples” bring some misconception. People think that the only way to make disciples is by going. If you are not going, no discipleship can happen. He said that by dropping the word “go” we have made “making disciples” the focus. That is very true!
Jesus said in his Great Commission, “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" (Mat 28:19-20, NIV). The main verb here is “make disciples.” In fact, it is in the imperative mood meaning it is a command. The verbs “go,” “baptizing,” and “teaching” are supporting the main verb “make disciples” and they are not in the imperative mood. I am not saying that they are not that important. They are the means to producing disciples.
As we make disciples, eventually there will be going. But it does not mean that there can be no disciple-making without leaving our territory. Even in our home place, we have to make disciples. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said to his disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (NIV). The disciple-making starts in Jerusalem, the disciples’ territory. Then they are asked to expand to the whole province, to the neighboring province and “to the ends of the earth.” This agrees with the “go” in Matthew 28:19 because the “go” there means “as you go.” So the going starts in our home place.
Here at Immanuel Fellowship, we will make disciples. But let us start with our Jerusalem, Metro Cebu. Let us witness to people who have not heard the Gospel of Christ yet. From here, we will bring the Gospel of Christ to other places as well so that they will also become the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.