The Great Commission

(Closer look at the Great Commission)

Brief Intro:
Think beyond ‘just evangelism’ and ‘just missions’; think radical discipleship and spiritual transformation; think spiritual growth and maturity; think multiplication and spiritual reproduction. 

Motto:“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:19-20). 

There is too much to be said on this subject. Please allow me here to mention just a few points… 

- Howard Hendricks, (April 5, 1924 – February 20, 2013), a longtime professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and speaker for Promise Keepers, writes in the foreword to Disciples are Made not Born that “‘Make disciples’ is the mandate of the Master (Matt. 28:19-20). We may ignore it, but we cannot evade it.”  The question for us is what are we doing – are we ignoring it? We know that we cannot evade it, so what are we waiting for? “God has commanded every disciple to make disciples. No Christian is excused from this command, and no Christian would want to escape this command.” 

- Dr. Robert E. Coleman in his classic book – “The Master Plan of Evangelism”, writes, “The great commission of Christ given to His Church summed it up in the command to “make disciples of every creature” (Matt. 28:19). The word here indicates that the disciples were to go out into the world and win others who would come to be what they themselves were—disciples of Christ. This mission is emphasized even more when the Greek text of the passage is studied, and it is seen that the words "go," "baptize," and "teach" are all participles which derive their force from the one controlling verb make disciples. This means that the great commission is not merely to go to the ends of the earth preaching the Gospel (Mark 16:15), nor to baptize a lot of converts in the Name of the Triune God, nor to teach them the precepts of Christ, but to "make disciples"— to build men like themselves who were so constrained by the commission of Christ that they not only followed, but led others to follow His way. Only as disciples were made could the other activities of the commission fulfill their purpose.” 

The Great Commission's clear instruction – ‘making disciples’ -- is the number one priority of the church of all ages.
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The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization arrived at two conclusions: 
(i) The need for radical obedient discipleship, leading to maturity, to grow in depth as well as in numbers; 
(ii) The need for radical cross-centered reconciliation, leading to unity, to grow in love as well as in faith and hope. 
My grand conclusion is this: 
It is all about Jesus and Jesus is all about discipleship. The Great Commission challenges us all once again to think beyond ‘just evangelism’ and ‘just missions’; think radical discipleship and spiritual transformation; think spiritual growth and maturity; think multiplication and spiritual reproduction. As David Platt writes, “This is a call worth dying for. This is a call worth living for.” 

Let's pray that Christians all over the world would get out of their comfort zones, and -- be discipled (thus becoming equipped for the task) to make disciples. 

With love in Christ’s service, 

Valy Vaduva
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
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The Meaning of Marriage 

Motto: “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:32)

- Apostle Paul 

Why people get married? Socrates said, “Stay single, but if you must get married, by all means marry. If you have a happy marriage you will be happy. If you have an unhappy marriage, you will become a philosopher.” https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/socrates163765.html

Seriously! Why people get married? In the next few paragraphs, I would like to share a few things I have on my heart from the Holy Scriptures regarding "The Meaning of Marriage” and "The Purpose of Marriage.” This article is adapted from the sermon message I preached at my youngest daughter Cristina and my son-in-law Teo’s wedding in August 2011.


I. The Meaning of Marriage


A wise man said that if you know the what it is easier understand the why. I have to agree with that. Let us attempt to address the question: What is marriage? 

1. Marriage is a Gift and a Mystery

Marriage… Whose idea was it? Where did the concept of marriage and family come from? Who designed it? I hope you agree with me that it was God’s idea. If we look into the first book of the Bible – Genesis, we read that after all the mighty acts of creation God Himself declared that it “was good,” even “very good!” The light and the earth were good, the sun, the moon, and the stars were good, the vegetation was good, all the creatures swimming in the waters, flying in the sky, and living on earth were good. Everything that was created by God “was very good!” (Gen. 1:31). Then, all of a sudden God declared something else: “It is not good”. In verse 18 from Genesis chapter 2 we read: “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him” You see! God Himself came up with the idea of relationship and companionship. Of course! “God is LOVE” (1 John 4:8).

David Wilkerson said, “Love is not something you feel. It's something you do.” (http://www.angelfire.com/me3/Micherz/lovequotes.html) In Genesis 2:24 we read: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Therefore it was God who created the institution of marriage and family.

I like what Pope John Paul II said regarding marriage: “Love the family! Defend and promote it as the basic cell of human society; nurture it as the prime sanctuary of life. Give great care to the preparation of engaged couples and be close to young married couples, so that they will be for their children and the whole community an eloquent testimony of God's love.”

Martin Luther who initiated the Protestant Reformation said, “There is no more lovely, friendly, charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”

Ruth Bell Graham, said, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” I like that. And her husband, Billy Graham, when asked about his secret of love, being married more than fifty-four years to the same person, he said, “Ruth and I are happily incompatible.” (http://www.smartmarriages.com)

Therefore, we can conclude that marriage is a special gift and a mystery directly from God. . . . 
 


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With love in Christ,
Valy Vaduva

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[1] The Greek word mathetes (translated disciple) is found more than 250 times in the New. According to Greek Bible scholar Spiros Zodhiates, editor of the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, mathetes “means more than mere pupil or learner. It means an adherer who accepts the instruction given to him and makes it his rule of conduct.” In other words a New Testament type disciple is one who learns by putting what he or she learns into experience.