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From the Winter 2017 issue of Knowing & Doing:

Go, Make Disciples of All Nations

by Thomas A. Tarrants, III, D.Min.
Vice President for Ministry & Director,
Washington Area Fellows Program, C.S. Lewis Institute

 
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Personal Response

  How do we personally respond to this call? The first step is to commit ourselves to sharing the gospel with anyone and everyone, regardless of ethnicity, and helping them grow in Christlikeness. Many people get stuck right here. They are hobbled by the idea that because they do not have the gift of evangelism they cannot lead others to Christ. Relatively few are called to be evangelists, but every believer is called to be a witness of Christ — to share what Christ has done for them, what He means to them and the gospel message, which is the foundation of it all. Many also get stuck when they think about helping others grow, since they lack seminary training. But such training is not a requirement. Any believer who has a reasonably good knowledge of the Bible and a reasonably healthy Christian life can share with someone less far along about the teachings of Jesus and how to follow them— providing, of course, that they are doing so themselves. There are some excellent resources to use for this purpose, especially those of Greg Ogden, beginning with his Discipleship Essentials.
  If this commission sounds daunting to you, take comfort that it was daunting to Jesus’ original disciples. And take even more comfort in His promise to them and to us: “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). The Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, will be with us every step of the way.


 

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Notes:
1 All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version.
2 A good place to start is with the Sermon on the Mount. Studies in the Sermon of the Mount, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is a classic book to read that many have described as life changing. An excellent commentary on the Sermon of the Mount is John Stott’s The Message of the Sermon on the Mount.
3 R.T. France, Matthew: Evangelist and Teacher (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1989), 16, 20.
4 In the Roman Empire during the time of Jesus, Paul, and the early church, ethnic origin was a significant marker of identity but skin color and physical characteristics were not.

Tom Tarrants has lived in the Washington, DC area since 1978 and served as President of the C.S. Lewis Institute from 1998 to April 2010. He is currently Vice President for Ministry & Director, Washington Area Fellows Program. Prior to coming to the Institute, he served as co-pastor of Christ Our Shepherd Church and Director of The School for Urban Mission, both based in Washington, DC, Tom holds a Master of Divinity Degree, as well as a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Spirituality. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance.

 


Recommended Reading:
Jason Mandryk, Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation, 7th edition (InterVarsity Press, 2010)

As we grow in our conviction that the gospel must go to every nation, we will want to be informed about how to pray for every people group. We’ll also find great encouragement from hearing how God is working around the world today. This country-by-country prayer guide is packed with important data and gripping stories about how the gospel is advancing in our very day.

 
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