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Written by Mark Dommel   
Tuesday, 16 September 2008

The purpose of Relay Ministries is based on three familiar passages of scripture found in Matthew 28:16-20, 2 Timothy 2:1-2, and Acts 1:7-8.

Matthew 28:16-20

"Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (NIV)

  • The commission we are given in Matthew 28:16-20 is not to win converts, but to make disciples by teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us.   The conversion to Christ is the first step in a discipleship process that ends only when that “convert” has been made into a discipler who is enabled to disciple others who can then disciple others, who can then disciple others.  

  2 Timothy 2:1-2

"You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others." (NIV)

  • 2 Timothy 2:2 describes the discipleship process in a generational context, taking it out to four generations. {1} Paul disciples, {2} Timothy, who then disciples, {3} others, who then disciple, {4} others. We are not just to be disciple makers. We are to be makers of disciple makers. But we are to make disciples following the model of that Christ laid down in Acts 1:6-8.

  Acts 1:6-8

So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (NIV)

  • We are to begin in our Jerusalem and work our way out. I am to be a maker of disciple makers at Faith Bible Church, teaching and discipling in in a way that prepares them to make a third generation of disciples who are then capable of making a fourth generation of disciples.   In other words, disciples making disciples, making disciples, making disciples . . .   That is the purpose and will be the focus of Relay Ministries.
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