Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20 (NIV), emphasis added
On Sunday our church welcomed Mr. Doug Lucas as our guest speaker. Mr. Lucas is the President of Team Expansion, an organization that helps prepare, train, and place Christian missionaries all over the world. He preached from Matthew 28:18-20 and encouraged us to individually do more to make disciples. He pointed out that American churches often focus on Bible study and learning about Jesus but we often lack “doing” and obedience to the commands of Jesus. I’d like to share two memorable quotes from his sermon.
“You may be a member [of a church] when you are baptized, but you aren’t a follower [of Jesus] until you help multiply it.” – Doug Lucas
“A Christian is not just called to learn, a Christian is called to do.” – Doug Lucas
Mr. Lucas’s remarks remind me of a sermon my husband preached over James 2:14-24 back in March of 2014. My favorite quote from that sermon was…
“Believe in God without acting like it and people see you as a hypocrite. Act like you believe without believing and God sees you as a hypocrite.” – Jay Russell
I’ll be thinking about this for some time, but I also wanted to do something, share it with you!
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