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Disciple – #beonemakeone

November 29, 2018

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‘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

This is my advent verse. It may seem a strange advent verse but as I share four themes from this verse over the next four weeks I hope all will become clear. But let us begin with a little Greek (which as my lecturer at college used to say is a dangerous thing to have just a little of so I will tread humbly and carefully.)

πορευθέντες οὖν μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ἁγίου πνεύματος, διδάσκοντες αὐτοὺς τηρεῖν πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην ὑμῖν· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ μεθʼ ὑμῶν εἰμι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ἕως τῆς συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος. Matthew 28:19-20

Greek is a very beautiful but complex language but there are four interesting verbs in the first verse – underlined. As we all know verbs are doing words and perhaps this final command of Jesus can remind us that the Christian faith cannot be entered into passively. It is said that church is the greatest spectator sport in America but if we are truly disciples we will follow actively and intentionally. You cannot be an arm chair (or pew sitting) Christian.

Three of these verbs are participles and one is an imperative. Can you guess which is the neon light flashing main verb which is also an imperative (a command)?………

to ‘make disciples’ or perhaps as it is only one word in the Greek how about using ‘discipling’! Jesus’ final command before he ascended was to carry on his work of discipling. A disciple is an active, life long learner, practitioner and follower. And to be a discipler you must first be a disciple. The three other verbs support this main verb as to the how of discipling.

Going – being intentional

Baptising – seeking conversion and new birth into eternal life

Teaching obedience – challenging and demonstrating a biblical, distinctive lifestyle.

So before we see how this verse relates to advent. Let us get active and

  1. Commit again to be a life long active learner and follower of Jesus
  2. Ensure we have begun this life by being baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  3. Find people to teach and disciple you – be part of a church who you are accountable to and humbly choose a Pastor or mature Christian to disciple you
  4. Intentionally seek to make disciples of others – perhaps begin this advent by inviting family and friends to a Christmas event.

Disciple #beonemakeone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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