The motto of this web site, “Making Disciples – Expanding the Kingdom”, grows out of my understanding of Matthew 28:18-20 (particularly verse 19), and the Lord’s calling on my life.
The King James Version of Matthew 28:19 translates as “……..teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (emphasis mine) . But the majority of English translations (NIV, ESV, NASV, NKJV to name a few) translate it as “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (emphasis mine). If you spend even a little time in the gospels, you quickly come to understanding that Jesus put a priority on discipleship. Hundreds followed him at various times of his ministry, but he chose 12 men, we often call the 12 Disciples (or Apostles), to pour his life into. He mentored them, led them, taught them, disciplined them, protected, prayed and positioned them to carry on the mission he left behind. What was this mission? It had many aspects, but one preeminent focus – occupy and expand the Kingdom of God on earth until he returns. The Disciples were, and we are, supposed to duplicate Jesus’ life in ourselves and those we lead and teach, bringing about the expansion of the Kingdom of God, not only in individuals, but in whole nations. Unfortunately, this call has taken a back seat among many who call themselves followers of Jesus. And at a time when this call is most critical, we, the Church, are dropping the ball. God’s call on my life is in part to help invigorate and motivate the Body of Christ in its mission to teach, lead, and make disciples of all nations. This web site is a part of that call. How it will look as it progresses is ………..(More to follow).