Dialogue communication between a believer and God (the Father in heaven):
What is the Revised strategy for today’s churches, Lord?
Walk as My Son had walked.
I have anointed My believers to be My disciples, to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Where the poor, the sick, the captives, the blind, the oppressed are.
How to go there, Lord?
You will find them. You will see them. Just open your eyes. Open your ears. Open your hearts.
But I don’t know their languages, Lord.
You will know the universal language: the language is called: Jesus is love.
But, Lord it is expensive.
No, it is not expensive, it is costly. My Son is costly. Love costs.
Are you willing to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow My Son – Jesus?
____________________________THE PRACTICAL ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE
The one thing Jesus commanded the church (believers-disciples of Jesus) to do was already written. There were two commandments for the church: Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:27-28
- Love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, all our strength.
- Love our neighbors as ourselves.
How to put into practice the above commandments? Go and make disciples of all nations. Teach them to observe all that Jesus has commanded the disciples. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-29; Luke 24:45-49; John 14:12; Acts 1:4-5, 1:8
All churches are familiar with the above last words of Jesus on earth.
Let us revise today how we have been doing on this only reason of our existence as church.
How did Jesus make disciples?
He went to them. He called them. He preached repentance and the gospel of kingdom of God to them. He made them follow Him and learn from Him. He practiced what He preached. He lived the kingdom of God life even while on earth. He lived the Father’s (God’s) will. He spoke what God spoke. He did what God did. He obeyed God. He lived with just one goal, what God had called Him for. “I was born for this.” He said. He commanded His disciples that they do what He did and even greater works than what He did! (John 14:12)
How did He achieve what God has sent Him to do?
He was born of the Holy Spirit, baptized with the Holy Spirit, filled with the Holy Spirit, led by the Holy Spirit, and manifested the power of the Holy Spirit. He fulfilled what the prophet Isaiah had prophesied regarding His spiritual empowerment and His mission on earth:
Isaiah 11:2 “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”
Luke 2:47 “And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.” He was twelve years old and the parents found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 49 He said to His parents, “Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house?” 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and men.
Luke 4:18-19, 21 Jesus declared this in the synagogue on Sabbath day, “the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
What did Jesus do during His ministry? He brought good news of the kingdom of God to the poor; He bound up the broken-hearted, proclaimed liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; He proclaimed the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; He comforted all who mourn.
Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
He told the disciples of John the baptist, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by Me.” Luke 7:22
Here are some of the healing and deliverance done by Jesus in between preaching and teaching the kingdom of God: great multitude came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases and He healed them all. Those troubled with unclean spirits were cured. “And all the crowd sought to touch Him, for power came out from Him and healed them all.” Luke 6:19; Mark 5:30, 6:56 Even demons acknowledged that He was the Son of God, He was the Christ. Luke 4:40-41
He taught with authority. He commanded the evil spirits and they obeyed Him. Mark 1:27 He healed many with various diseases and cast out many demons. Mark 1:34
He prayed. Mark 1:35, 6:46, 9:29, 14:32; Luke 5:15-16; 6:12-13; 9:28; 11:1-13; 18:1-14; 21:36-37; 22:39-46; John 17.
He trained His disciples in the practical: by bringing them along with Him as He went round doing His works. He also sent them out to do the works He did, by giving them power and authority.
In the four gospels these are amply recorded: for example, Matthew 4:23-24; 5:1; 8:23; 9:10, 9:19; chapter 10; 13:10, 36; 14:14-33; (and many more interactions between Jesus and His disciples in the book of Matthew) Luke 8:1-3: 9:1-6, 10; 10:1-20. When we read the four gospels we can note that these are indeed the records of the interactions between Jesus the Teacher and His disciples! Complete with teaching in words and in practical application and hands on practical training (internship).