Chapter #1 – One Clear Mission

Is there one clear mission that centralizes all Christian activity?  Current Christian practice is to present 100+ competing missions that can are all an end in themselves.  In this chapter we explore the purpose of the Great Commission, how best to understand its significance and how that can and must be applied to everything we do as a part of Christ’s Kingdom.

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10 12 2008
Missional vs. Attractional vs. House Church Models all have the SAME flaw « From Eden to Zion

[…] what happens when we neglect our mission (to make disciples) and replace it with Jesus’ mission (to build the church).  A very strange thing.  Because […]

21 04 2009
Micah

Its really cool to see your perspective on discipleship prior to a “salvation experience.” I recently wrote on my blog about the fact that God calls us to pre-salvation and post-salvation involvement in the lives of others, but I don’t really see any man being called to actually incorporate himself into another’s individual salvation. We are called to discipleship on both sides of an individual’s commitment, but we aren’t necessarially called to involve ourselves in it. It seems most theory today only emphasizes getting a commitment out of someone. I doubt God would really ever desire or need a third party involved in this.
Also, I was just reading Mark the other day and realizing that one of the first things Jesus did with his disciples was to simply send them out to make new disciples. Its interesting to realize how little faith they had, how little of a grip on what they were getting into. But they were already diving in, or perhaps pushed in, to active disciple making.
I was also contemplating the actual outcome of the Rich Young Ruler story. It never says that he failed to follow Jesus, the passage only explains that Jesus asked much more than he was currently anticipating to give.
Good stuff!

25 06 2009
Daniel Curran

In his introduction to “The Great Omission”, …Dallas Willard treats this issue so eloquently — he proposes the phrase “as disciples, make disciples” as the core of everything. Our lead foot is being disciples, ie. “loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, strength”, preaching the Gospel, etc., …and from that strong position we then make disciples. That way the “disciple-makers” don’t get cut out of the deal of following Jesus. It’s a very strong and relational, and a very personal and powerful proposal — the main problem he observes is -that Christians simply don’t do this.

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