COULD IT BE........
..... that what's thought of as a "Great Commission Resurgence" would actually be a "Great Evangelism Resurgence"?
It seems to me that the great commission was to make disciples. Discipleship. And I have to ask how good we, as Baptists, are at making disciples.
Our church has gotten pretty good at discipleship training .. we typically have nearly as many "seat sessions" .. people there, counted individually each time we have a meeting ... in discipleship training as we do in Sunday School (generally regarded as an indicator of how many were in church).
It occurs to me that the biblical model is to follow Jesus when God brings you into the flock. It also occurs to me that our emphasis ... "priesthood of the believer", anyone? ... has been for US to knock on doors and invite them in, and then leave it to the new member to get involved in actually becoming a disciple.
So then ... is it going to be ...
- We bring them in, and God disciples them.... or
- God brings them in, and WE disciple them?
I believe his point was that we cannot teach people how to live their faith, without church discipline. Just this past Thursday, Dave Ramsey said it's the fear of failure that drives people toward excellence. WELL ... and this thought just now entered my brain-space .. with our doctrine of eternal security, and its prominence in Baptist life, I don't see where there is any "fear of failure" among baptists, particularly not out there in the pews where folks like me and Peg live.
Hmmm .. I speak from ignorance. I don't know what a Great Commission Resurgence looks, taste, smells, or feels like. But I sure hope it's about making disciples, and not about beating our folks over the head to do more of what it was that got us where we are, in the SBC, today.