2009-11-24 - The Momentous Mark
The M's of Evangelism ~ Part 3
Now we come to the grand objective or the big picture. It's really a threefold goal. That is, there are 3 parts to this objective - 3 tasks necessary to hit the mark. Doing just one or two - and we'll fail to hit the target.
...teach all nations
In the NKJV, it says make disciples of all the nations. If we look back at the Greek, we see the word matheteuo (math-ayt-yoo'-o), which means intransitively, to become a pupil and transitively, to disciple, i.e. enroll as scholar:--be disciple, instruct, teach. The command is to make disciples, not merely converts or supporters of a cause. Then the word nation is from Greek ethnos (eth'-nos). You may recognize it as the root of our word ethnic. Ethnos means race or tribe; specially, a foreign one (usually, by implication, pagan). Two of the other great commissions record this part as " ye shall be witnesses unto me " (Acts 1:8b) and " preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15b).
There's a story of an old man walking down a beach at sunrise. As he is walking, he encounters a kid throwing starfish into the sea. Of course, this seems odd, so the man asks what he is doing. The kid responds, "Throwin' them back so they won't die in the hot morning sun." "Useless, the beach goes on for miles," proclaims the man. "What difference will it make? There are so many starfish that nothing you can do will matter."
Picking up and throwing another, the kid says quietly, "It matters to this one."
...baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy ghost
After conversion comes baptism. They become part of the fellowship of believers. They are converted or saved, and then baptized. In case I stuttered, baptism is not a required portion of salvation. It is a simple step to take to share your testimony with others, and to begin to lovingly serve him and follow his teachings and example.
...teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you
Here's the tough part: stay with them. Teach them and minister to them. Don't show them The Way, then go your own. Don't give them the Light of the world, then leave them in the dark. At salvation, a spark is lit; encourage that spark to burn and grow into a roaring fire.
Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Look at this other translation, the Worldwide English version, reads as follows:
The gifts he gave are these: some are to be apostles; some prophets; some evangelists; some pastors and teachers.
These gifts are to make God's people better able to do their work for him, and to make the body of Christ become stronger. The gifts are given so that we will all believe the one way, and all know the Son of God. They are given so that we will be really grown-up Christians, like Christ himself.
A guy in seminary was called on to speak, at the last minute. Nervous and afraid to speak, he says, "How many of you know what I am going to say?"
No one raised their hand. "Well then neither do I!" he exclaims and he sits down.
The president of the school calls on him again at a later date, hoping he will overcome his fear of speaking, and again the question comes, "How many of you know what I am going to say?"
Knowing what happened last time, everyone raised their hand." Then if you already know, I don't need to tell you." and again he sits down
The president decides to give him one more opportunity to speak, and called on the young man a third time, and again the question comes but this time only half raise their hand.
"Then those of you who know can tell those of you who don't."
Funny story, but still a lot of truth in that final statement. That's exactly what we are all to do. Tell those that don't know, what it is that we know.
to be continued...
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted