I’m afraid Christianity for too many people is only about singing a few songs, hearing a good sermon, making a commendable effort to be holy and being active in some church ministry. What about the Great Commission that talks about going to the nations to preach the gospel, baptizing those who respond to the preaching of the gospel in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (water baptism may be indicated here but something has to be said about immersing new believers into the Name of the Triune God – that as they now carry the Name of Christ as CHRISTians, they are to be like Him!), and very importantly, teaching them to OBEY EVERYTHING Jesus commanded us? (And please do not think that the solution is more Bible studies! Disciple-making is Bible study PLUS faithful following of Christ, His ways and His leading.) If you’re a Christian leader in any capacity, have you made it a priority to help every believer under your care and charge obey everything Jesus commanded us? Does the question even surface at our leadership meetings? Is that the priority of your cell group and your local church? Are you making quality disciples who go on to make disciples? If we aren’t, our church will die a slow death no matter how cutting edge, passionate and exciting our corporate worship may be, no matter how insightful, historically accurate and funny our sermons may be and no matter how warm our fellowship may be. Our church may be full and crowded but not necessary full of faithful disciples.
Mt.28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”