Thursday, June 30

3 questions for every believer

1. What are you doing to deliberately make disciples?

2. What are you doing to intentionally plant/reproduce new churches?

3. What are you doing missions-wise to be His witnesses in your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and ends of the earth?

While I realize there is more to being the Bride of Christ than the answer to these three questions, it is hard for me to conceive of a follower of Christ or church calling herself a church that is not making disciples of the nations. The heart of God is a missionary one that loved the world so much that He gave what was most precious to Him, Jesus, so that we might be called the 'children of God'.

While there is certainly room in the Church for more than evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and missions, if we allow these to become anything less that priority mandates, the inevitable result will be a turning inwards and the beginning of a decline resulting in eventual death of that body of believers.

My own observations about the continual decline occurring within the Southern Baptist Convention is directly related to the loss of this focus we have traditionally had as a denomination.

QUESTION: So how do we turn the decline around?

ANSWER: Try answering honestly the above three questions!

3 comments:

Darrell said...

I love you Guy! Rock ON!

Aussie John said...

Guy,

Physically, my wife and I do very little these days, because of our health, but someone once said, "The pen is mightier than the sword".

Well, the computer and the internet allow me to replace the pen with the keyboard, when the opportunity arises.

GuyMuse said...

Darrell and John,

I know I need to be reminded in my own life to keep the "main things" front and center. There is so much around us to distract. These questions are as much for me personally as for anyone else who might be reading.