Making & maturing disciples
VISION 20/20 PRAYER FOCUS: 1-7 January
At the start of 2018, the Elim church family across the nations will join together in prayer and focus their prayers on Elim’s Vision 20/20: a three-year initiative to mobilise the whole Elim movement to a fresh wave of mission and ministry.
This week we're focusing our prayers on disciples. We're committed to making and maturing fully devoted followers of Jesus.
We're committed to making and maturing fully devoted followers of Jesus. Disciples who make other disciples who live courageously and compassionately in every community, town and city across our nation and the nations of the world.
Mark Greenwood shares about making and maturing disciples
“Imagine ONE Church, ONE Mission, ONE Message. How exciting would that be?
Imagine if we were so gloriously consumed with the gospel that we had a fresh and renewed belief about its power to transform society, transform individuals. Just imagine for one moment the difference that that would make.
I've often said you can do evangelism without discipleship, but you can't do discipleship without evangelism. We have to do evangelism if we want to make new disciples.
And here's the deal. In doing evangelism current Christians step into new areas of discipleship.
I love that moment when Jesus appears before the disciples at the Great Commission. And they bow down in worship the some of them doubted it says there in Matthew 28.
What did Jesus do in that moment? He didn't stick them on a course to renew their faith. He didn't send them on a course to deal with their doubts.
He said to them all authority in heaven and earth has been given to me, so wherever you go... Not go, but wherever... that's the more accurate translation.
He said look wherever you go make disciples of all nations, baptising 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.
That verse is rightly applied when we're making disciples.
It's a given that God is with us when we're making disciples. How good is that for our own personal discipleship?”
“Wouldn't it be incredible if that there was this one mission, one church, with this one message that caused us to leave our home every single day with the intention and the expectancy of finding something that was lost?
I guess the old paradigm would be would lead them to Christ and then would make them disciples. I would argue that part of the discipleship process is sharing our faith. That we can begin to make disciples even before they become Christians.
Let me encourage you in this season of prayer to say Lord make me more willing to look for those that don't know you. Help me to become a better disciple that my whole life is a life that is discipleship. Help me to be consumed with this incredible gospel message again. May it ignite in me a fresh desire to reach those who don't know the Lord.”
So let's pray. Thank God for your own discipleship and pray that you would be a disciple who goes on to make other disciples. Pray for your church and other Elim churches that there would be a continued and increased growth of a discipleship culture across our churches, across our nation and across the nations. And pray for those who recently said yes to following Jesus, that they would know what it is to be fruitful and faithful as a disciple of Jesus.
To help guide your prayers, LIFT UP has produced a free prayer guide that provides four weekly themes for you to use in your church meetings and groups as we turn our focus to IMAGINE - Shaping Elim's Future. They can be used in corporate as well as individual prayer times.
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