T4T: Teaching Them To Obey Everything

I’ve been challenged as I’ve been reading the book T4T: A Discipleship ReRevolution. [amazon affiliate link]

It describes “an entirely different model of discipleship and church planting” in SE Asia than what was known and comfortable. I believe that a similar shift to a different model is needed here in the United States.

Read the words of the 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. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Consider these insights that God gave Ying Kai… (p 35)

  1. Go, not come: The Great Commission says we are to go, not invite people to come to us. We must go to where they lost are, and train the new believers to also go where the lost are. This was going to mean an every-expanding wave of evangelism into factories, homes, shops, and neighborhoods.
  2. Everyone, not just some: The verse says to make disciples of all, not just a few. We typically choose whom we want to share the gospel with. We try to prejudge who might accept it. But God said to share with everyone. We cannot predict who will accept the gospel and whom God will use to birth a movement.
  3. Make trainers (disciples), not just church members: We are often satisfied if someone will believe and join our church. But the command Jesus gave us is so much more. He wants these new believers to be true disciples. And what do disciples do? Every disciple is to learn how to obey Jesus’ commands, including witnessing to other and then training these new believers to repeat the process. Every disciple should be a trainer.

Today’s Missional Challenge

Prayerfully consider how these insights could impact your ministry!

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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