This is a continuation of the ten scriptural pillars upon which the ministry of Evergreen was originally built.
The first seven are (1) The preeminence of Christ, (2) The prominence of faith, (3) The precedence of the Word, (4) The power of prayer, (5) The priority of family, (6) The practice of generosity, (7) The principle of every believer a minister and (8) The place of fellowship.
The ninth pillar is…
The Primacy of Evangelism
We are a people of the Great Commission.
Jesus commanded us to do something before He left this earth in His resurrected state. He said in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
His mandate contained one imperative verb along with three participles. The imperative verb tells us what to do and the participles tell us how to do it.
The imperative verb is “disciple!” There is no noun attached to it. It is simply “disciple!” as one would say to someone “jump!” It is normally translated “make disciples!” for the sake of understanding.
The participles are “going”, “baptizing” and “teaching”. Hence, we make disciples (“disciple”) by going, baptizing and teaching. Again, the main thought or verb is “disciple”.
Through the Great Commission of Jesus, which is an imperative, we are supposed to be all about leading others to Christ and growing them to maturity since that is what it means to disciple.
We have already looked at the principle of every believer a minister, which is directed at equipping or growing the saints to maturity. This cannot happen unless people first come into the knowledge of and relationship with Jesus.
And so, the church should always be focused on sowing seeds of faith and proclaiming the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus Christ.
Something to think about…