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Which Would You Choose?

What if God gave you the option of being used by Him to do one of two things:

1. Be a vessel He uses to reach 100 people who genuinely profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And they affirm that decision through believer's baptism. Or...

2. Be a vessel He uses to disciple 100 "young" Christians to growth into maturity in their walk with Christ.

Obviously, to be used by the Lord and see either of these two things happen would be absolutely incredible. And though unrealistic to pick only one, because we are commanded to do both, of the two - which one would you choose?

May I suggest to you that option 2 would bear far more fruit? I am not discounting evangelism whatsoever. In fact, most of us who are Christ-followers do a poor job being faithful in this area. And as thrilling as it would be to see, over time, 100 people come to Christ - to equip 100 believers through biblical discipleship would be even better.

What do you think the results would be if 100 people grew from being immature in their faith to being mature? They would grow to be more wise, more faithful, more obedient, and much more affective as salt and light with their families, neighbors, and coworkers. It's the same principle of teaching a man to "fish." A person will be far better off if you teach them to fish versus fishing for them.

Why do I raise this question? Because I see far too many churches making their priority evangelism while almost ignoring the calling of discipleship. That is why many churches are a mile wide and an inch deep.

The Great Commission is clear: 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...

If your church is committed to both evangelism and discipleship, and they teach the Word of God without compromise - then you are fulfilling that Great His grip.

Matthew 28:19-20

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