Thursday, November 09, 2006

Making Disciples

I have been engaged in a dialogue on a UK site about evangelism. I took issue with a blogger who stated that he “bulked at Christians who ignore the simple instruction to ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel’.”

I responded that the instruction is not “a simple instruction to go into all the world and preach the gospel” but to “Go therefore AND MAKE DICIPLES of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit” - Matt 28.19 - The task is clearly defined and not easy. The promise is of course “and lo I am WITH YOU always.

If the church is going to rediscover its effectiveness and stand up in the world it needs to be a church of ‘disciples’ not just ‘believers’.

I know many people who believe in God and accept the Christian story but who are not active disciples of Christ. I think that this is why the Catechumenate process for adults, leading to Baptism and Confirmation, is right for our times. Alpha, Credo and the others have their place but we can learn much from the Early Church and their preparation for discipleship.

We must remember the instruction to us is to Go!

We can no longer just wait for people to come to us.

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