When I first started deputation I came across a pastor who said that currently his church was pouring all their mission funds into  Uganda.  For the last two years this pastor had been taking a trip to Uganda and was preaching in evangelistic crusades.  They had seen 1500 people saved the year before.  I have some issues with what they were doing.   First their only mission was to send their pastor away for one or two weeks to help in a crusade in another country.  Now don’t get me wrong; I believe that in itself is a good thing.  I believe every pastor should visit the mission field; but this was it, nothing else.  They did not work together with any church and no one stayed behind.  If I go and preach in an area where we have 1500 people saved and there is no church, I’m writing home and telling them “I’ll see you in about three years.”  Why? you may ask. Because someone should stay and disciple these people! In the great commission given in Matthew 28 Jesus tells us in verse 20  that we are to teach them to observe all the things Jesus had commanded.  Note, this takes place after they have heard the gospel received it and been baptized according to verses 19-20.  In other words, our job in fulfilling the great commission doesn’t end in the baptistry; there it is just beginning.  Disciples when first saved are compared to babes I Peter 2:2, and are in need of instruction. An illustration might be helpful.  If way back seven years ago when I brought Ian, my firstborn home, I had looked at him and said “Son I paid a lot of money to get you here, and your mom put in a lot of work.   We have done our part, now the rest is up to you.” What would have happened to the little guy?  He wouldn’t have made it very long.  Newborn Christians are like newborn babes.  They need a family, they need love, they need nurturing, they need to be trained, and they need protection.  This doesn’t happen in a week-long evangelistic crusade.  This takes place over time, months, and years.  This man may have left several people who were truly saved in Uganda, but he left them in a bad situation.  They will fall prey to sin, discouragement, cults, charismatic teaching, and will never grow into maturity as believers.  This is not the Biblical model.  In the book of Acts, Paul would stay in some places longer than others, but you can rest assured he just didn’t lead them in a prayer and walk away.  He stayed, then he revisited them (Acts 14:21-22), and if they needed further instruction, he would either go to them or send someone to them I Thess. 3:10-11,  Titus 1:5. The great commission is to go and make disciples.  This is more than “getting them saved” but it is working with them, teaching them, and helping them to grow into Spiritual maturity.  Go and make disciples.

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