Teaching On Mission

by Nov 16, 2017

I love good Bible teaching. In fact, I spend a great deal of my time preparing to teach the Bible to others. Trust me when I tell you that I believe in the value of Bible teaching. I also know, however, that teaching can become an obstacle to the mission of making disciples if you are not careful.

This may be hard to believe, but it is possible to be so focused on teaching that you never graduate. In other words, you can become so driven by learning more that you never actually apply what you need to do most.

Jesus did not tell His disciples to, “go make theologians.” He did not tell them to, “go have big Bible studies.” Jesus did not tell His disciples to, “go get deeper and deeper.” There is nothing wrong with theology, Bible study, or getting deep, unless it keeps you from accomplishing the mission of making disciples.

The truth is that we need teaching in order to make disciples. In Matthew 28:91,20, Jesus said to, “teach what He had commanded.” The reality is, you cannot make disciples without teaching. At some point, however, you should have learned enough to start being obedient to the Great Commission. You see, even Jesus did not teach His disciples everything they could possibly know, He just taught them what they needed to know to accomplish His mission.

I have no problem with someone wanting to learn more, and go deeper in the scripture. I do have a problem with someone that keeps wanting to know more, but is never willing to do anything with what they already know. That is called disobedience, and Jesus never called us to that.

I don’t think for a minute the disciples would have asked Jesus to stay and give them more teaching when He commissioned them to, “go and make disciples of all nations.” They did not beg Him for more bible study, or to teach them the deeper truths of the scripture. Clearly, Jesus had given His disciples just the right amount of teaching to get the job done.

Consider this. If teaching and study had been the end product of what Jesus came to do, we would not be Christians today. If teaching without disciple making had been the goal of the original disciples, the movement of Christianity would have died out with the original disciples.

Never stop learning and growing, but don’t let learning keep you from obeying. Be committed to the mission of making disciples. If you want to learn more about principles of disciple making check out impactdisciples.com and learn how to fulfill the mission of Jesus.

You May Also Like…

If I Had Only Known

If I Had Only Known

I have had the privilege of serving Georgia Churches for almost forty years now, and as lead pastor for thirty-three...