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EVANGELISM AND THE GREAT COMMISSION: THINK AGAIN!


EVANGELISM AND THE GREAT COMMISSION: THINK AGAIN!

William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person

Ask any person who has been an active member of a Baptist Church for any extended period of time to define the Great Commission. He/she will tell you right away that it is the marching orders of the New Testament Church to preach the gospel in all the world: to make disciples, to baptize them, and to teach them the commandments of Christ Jesus, citing Matthew 28:18-20 as a proof text. That answer, accepted as correct by most all Baptists, and a lot of non-Baptists, too, begs amplification.
First, consideration must be given to the realities of the religious scene of these latter days. Modern times are filled with religion whose worth is based not on origin, doctrine, and dedication to the Bible, but on numbers of participants, and dollars in the church coffers. It is a criteria of worth spelling disaster. The ingredients so necessary to bring both to a state evoking carnal swooning, succeeds in producing a religious country club out of what once was a church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its purpose is shifted mainly to providing an exclusive comfort zone for its members; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.
One of the ways this comes about is in redefining biblical terms to fit a more modern, humanistic mindset. Take the terms “evangelism,” and “disciples” as examples.
“Evangelism,” is a Greek word transliterated into English. It literally translates to “Good News” in English. It is the word that gives us “gospel” which is a term that has evolved in English from “Good news,” or “Good story.”
The term “Disciple” comes from the Old English and Old French languages, and it designates a learner. The term in the New Testament is a translation of the Greek work “Mathetes,” designating one who is increasing in knowledge, being informed; to learn by use and practice. (common Greek lexicons).
It should be obvious by now that the burden of this article is to underscore a vast difference in the term “Disciple” as in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, et, al. to the way it is commonly employed in modern religion.
The terms “Evangelism,” and “Soul-winning,” are accepted as the home run of disciple making rather than first base.
To be sure, one may be born from above in a moment of time, being bathed in repentance from sin, and faith in Christ Jesus, but that alone does not a disciple make, even though being a disciple of Jesus is predicated upon it.
It takes time, patience, and a lot of good, sound teaching to make a disciple. Such are the ones who continue in the Word, and will perpetuate to the next generation the faith once delivered to the saints.
Blessed indeed is the church that is heavily involved in making eternal disciples rather than in erecting temples that decay.

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CHURCH 3


We left with Jesus having all power and the church having been given their marching orders, the Great Commission. Now Jesus tells of his death twice, Matt. 16:21 and Matt. 20:17. Later, there was drama at a meal because Mary anointed Jesus. His statement, she did this for my burial. He is emphasizing that He is leaving His church, that is His physical form is leaving His Church.

What does this mean to His Church? He will no longer teach them in physical form. He will no longer lead them in physical form. He will no longer send them in physical form. His physical presence which motivated this church will no longer physically be the Power, the Position, or the Program of the church.

John 14 gives a promise to His Church. Verse 7 gives the expediency of Jesus leaving and going to the Father. His expediency will bring the Comforter, Paraclete, to be with the Church. If I may use Bro. W. Dewey Owen a quote from his book, “An introduction to Systematic Theology,” contained on page 140 second paragraph titled – V. Empowering By The Holy Spirit. ( I recommend this book.) I will do some paraphrasing. SOTERIOLOGY, the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were necessary: without these there would be no means of salvation and no basis or authority for the church. PNEUMATOLOGY, the bodily ascension of Jesus back to the Father was necessary so that the omnipresent Holy Spirit could indwell each scriptural church, since the limitations of the flesh prevented Jesus, God incarnate, from doing this. Just as Jesus led the one church during His earthly ministry, the Holy Spirit – another manifestation of the same God – has led all scriptural churches from its Pentecostal outpouring forward. Christ is the head of each scriptural church today as Ephesians 5:23 clearly states. Yet not in physical form.

John 16 now gives what the Holy Spirit indwelling the Church, (not to be confused with indwelling and sealing of a person being born again) will accomplish. 1. Reprove the world of sin. 2. Reprove the world of righteousness. 3. Reprove the world because of Judgment. The Holy Spirit will be the Spirit of truth and will guide us into all truth. The Holy Spirit is intimately involved in the Church.

We also have in John 16:32 the prophecy of the scattering of the Church.

Another day will bring more. Gentlemen if you disagree with anything, let it be know. If there is an area that needs to be refine through a better explanation, please make that known also.

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313 – Nov. 09 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

We need submission to His commission

 

1844 – Dr. Jonathan Going went home to be with the Lord. Dr. Going, along with Rev. John Mason Peck founded the American Baptist Home Mission Society in 1832, whose goal was to promote the preaching of the gospel in North America. Going served as the corresponding secretary of the mission from 1832 to 1837. In 1838 he assumed the position of President of Granville College in Ohio. Jonathan was born to Jonathan and Sarah Going of Reading, Vermont, on March 7, 1786. He entered Brown University in 1805. As a student there he fell under deep conviction over his sins and received the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and was licensed to preach by the First Baptist Church of Providence, Rhode Island, while Stephen Gano was the pastor. This was during the time that the missionary fires were first beginning to burn hot in America. William Carey had gone to India in 1793. The Judsons and Luther Rice along with other Congregational missionaries had left our shores in 1812. The Judsons and Rice were converted to Baptist views on the ship as they sailed for Burma, and then Rice returned to create the first Baptist mission agency in 1814. Going had returned to Vermont to pastor and then to Worcester, Mass. where he had great success before his health broke. He took a leave of absence and with Peck went on a buggy trip through Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri before returning with the burning desire to evangelize the west. Someone has said concerning the Lord’s command that “There is no such thing as foreign missions or home missions. The real concern is submission to His Great Commission. [William Cathcart, The Baptist Encyclopedia (Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881), 1:457. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 612-13.]   Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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306 – Nov. 02 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

One who turned back

 

1835 – Robert Edmonds was appointed to missionary service among the Shawanoe Indians, but in less than a year his commission was terminated. He was to take his place among the many others who started to work among the various Indian tribes but for whatever reason turned back. During the first fifty years of the history of the missionary movement in America there were 194 men and 192 women who were appointed to serve, creating a force of 386 soldiers of the cross. Fifty-two of that number were appointed to serve among the Indian population in our country, however it is startling to read how often those appointees resigned from the battle in a very short time. From 1819 the gospel ministry has gone forth to seventeen different tribes. Also much progress has been made in printing the scriptures and other literature beginning in 1832, including Indian newspapers. So why has there been such slow progress in reaching the red man? First, we have to take into account the attitude of American believers. They are more interested in supporting missionaries who cross the seas than those who serve at “home”. Next would be the rejection of the white man’s religion because of the treatment of the Indians by our own government, the treaty’s that were broken, land that was stolen by white settlers, but the darkest hour was the resettlement order by President Andrew Jackson which was known as the “Trail of Tears” in 1838-39. One-third of the Cherokee Nation died that was force marched from N.C. to Oklahoma territory. Today we honor those who are serving in Native American missions, and take time to pray for them. [The Missionary Jubilee: An Account of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the American Baptist Missionary Union (New York: Sheldon and Company, 1865), p. 246. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 598-600.]  Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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94 – April 04 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


Dr. Thomas and Carey Bound for India.

On April 4th 1793, William Carey and Dr. John Thomas boarded the “Earl of Oxford” for Calcutta. However, when the ship’s captain was informed that he would forfeit his commission if he took the missionaries, the two men were put ashore. Through Thomas’s hard work, arrangements were made with a Danish ship, and despair was transformed to joy as Mrs. Carey and the Carey children were able to travel as well.  They sailed on June 13, and God’s purpose would be fulfilled! Dr. John Tomas suffered many tragedies and died on October 13, 1801, but to this servant of Christ, we are indebted, for he it was who led Carey to India.

Dr. John Thomas, a name that is practically unknown among Baptists today, but Dr. Thomas was greatly used of God in opening the door of the modern-day missionary movement. Reared in the home of a Baptist deacon in England, John Thomas was early subjected to the gospel. He was not saved, however, until after his completion of medical training and his marriage. “Turning eagerly to the Scriptures, he accepted Christ as his Saviour. ‘  And then, he says, ‘my assurance of pardon and everlasting happiness ran high and strong.’ “

Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 137-38.

 

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What The Bible Teaches About CHURCH GOVERNMENT


Hebrews 8:5

Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

God is for order in every realm. From chaos, God brings order. From the Spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters when the earth was without form, and void; We see God bring order from disorder. God has always been a God of purpose and reason and plan. He called Moses to the top of Mount Sinai to give an order for living (the law) and for worship (the order and requirements of sacrifice) and for the place of service and worship (the tabernacle). These plans were very exact and measurable. Jesus has set the pattern for His Church. There are four forms of church government: 1. Papal, 2. Episcopal, 3. Presbyterian, 4. Congregational. WHICH IS SCRIPTURAL?

I. A CHURCH IS A DEMOCRATIC BODY, AND GOVERNS HERSELF BY THE RULES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.
    A. One member has no more power or voice than another (Matt. 20:25-27).
    B. She makes her decisions by a vote of the majority (Acts 1:26). This is a democratic form of government.
    C. She resolves her own problems (Matt. 18:15-18).
    D. She receives her own members (Acts 9:26-28; Rom. 14:1).
    E. She disciplines her own members (I Cor 5:1-5, 11-13; II Thess. 3:6, 14, 15.).
    F. She restores her own members (II Cor. 2:5-8).
    G. She chooses her own officers: deacons (Acts 6:1-7, preachers (Acts 1:26).

II THE PLACE OF CHURCH OFFICERS IN CHURCH GOVERNMENT.
    A. The place of the pastor.
        1. He is to rule in the spiritual realm (I Tim. 5:17-19; Heb. 13:7, 17).
        2. His rule is a rule of persuasion and must be in accord with scriptures.
        3. His work is outlined in II Timothy 4:1-5; I Peter 5:1-3; Titus 1:7-9; Acts 6:4.
        4. His qualifications are listed in I Timothy 3:1-7.
        5. He is to be esteemed highly for his work’s sake (I Thess. 5:12, 13).
        6. He is to be supported by the church (I Tim. 5:18).
    B. The place of deacons.
        1. The origin of the office (Acts 6:1-7).
        2. The qualifications of deacons (I Tim. 3:8; Acts 6:3).
        3. The work of deacons (Acts 6:1-7). The meaning of the word deacon is servant. They are to serve the church in temporal matters in a spiritual manner; be helpers to the pastor.

III. THE CHURCH SUPPORTS HERSELF BY SYSTEMATIC OFFERINGS FROM HER MEMBERS.
    1. All members are responsible to thus support the church (I Cor. 16:1; II Cor. 8:14, 15; Acts 4:33,37).
    2. Christ receives our tithes (Heb. 7:8).
    3. Church members are to give glory to God through His church (Eph. 3:21).

IV. THE CHURCH GOVERNS HERSELF AND GROWS AND ESTABLISHES HERSELF BY THE POWER OF GOD AS SHE FOLLOWS THE INSTRUCTION OF HIS WORD (Eph. 2:20-22; 4:15, 16; II Timothy 3:15, 16).

V. THE REASON FOR THE CHURCH AND HER MESSAGE.
    1. Her commission is to take the gospel to all nations (Matt. 28:19,20). In doing this she must govern herself by New Testament law that God may be honored and that He may bless her efforts.
    2. Her message is a salvation message (Rom. 1:16; Eph. 3:10).
    3. God has preserved His church and kept her through the ages that His work of salvation, preaching the gospel, and training of the samed might be perpetuated (Acts 1:8).

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