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5 Myths about Disciplemaking

by: John Ellis

10/10/2017

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5 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DISCIPLEMAKING Joey Shaw And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)This passage is “The Great Commission.” Jesus spoke these words to his followers before ascending back to heaven to be with the Father. His…
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5 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DISCIPLEMAKING

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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)

This passage is “The Great Commission.” Jesus spoke these words to his followers before ascending back to heaven to be with the Father. His followers were left to discover the Holy Spirit and to change the world through one simple process—making and multiplying disciples [learners] of Jesus. Many people teach on this passage, most of us don’t regularly obey it. Below are five of the more common myths about the Great Commission that lead us to miss out on disciple making.

Myth 1: It will just happen.

Many Christians think, consciously or unconsciously, that we can make disciples without changing anything in our daily lives; that as we go about doing our own thing, disciples will be almost accidentally made. This comes across in phrases like, “I will just live my daily life and if someone wants to ask about the Gospel, I will share it ”or,“ I just ‘do life’ with others and pray that they will start becoming interested in Jesus.”

Many Christians are willing to talk about or declare the Gospel, but only if opportunities pleasantly come their way. They are waiting for the perfect moment to drop from the sky upon them to actually verbalize the Gospel or start demonstrating the Gospel. The myth here is that merely “doing life” with others is a straight path to making disciples.

Like all pervasive myths, this contains a nugget of truth, but it is incomplete. Living your life with others is a part of making disciples, but without intentional proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel, just doing life with others will not alone lead to making and multiplying disciples.

The ministry of Jesus is a great example. Jesus did life with others, but every step of the way he prayed, planned, and pursued intentionally the growth and transformation of his followers. Jesus lived a very intentional life.

For example, he did not just happen upon 12 disciples accidentally. He spent all night in prayer before selecting his disciples. He carefully, strategically and prayerfully developed his followers. Thus, he modeled a distinct process of how to make disciples (for more on this process, see the classic outline in Dr. Robert Coleman’s book, The Master Plan of Evangelism).

In fact, the Greek text of the Great Commission conveys intentionality. There is a participle in the Greek used in the Great Commission that implies “going” is the intentional action that has to take place in order to achieve “making disciples.” The nations will never become disciples if people do not go to them. In other words, “going” is the prerequisite of “making disciples.” Intentionality is built into the very words of the Great Commission!

The bottom line here is that the Great Commission will be completed only by intentional action and resoluteness. Jesus commands us today to set our eyes on the goal of disciple making and pursue that goal with stubborn focus. This means that unless you pray and plan to make disciples, you won’t do it!

Myth 2: Crossing cultures is a step beyond the general mandate.

This myth holds that only select missionaries are called to cross cultures in order to make disciples. The rest of us should only focus on people like us, in our culture. The problem with this myth is that the actual Great Commission commands otherwise. Incredibly, Jesus gave a commandment to his mostly Jewish audience to go to a mostly Gentile people and make disciples! Jesus commanded his Jewish followers to go to all people groups (all ethnos, the Greek word for “nations”). In other words, the Great Commission itself is a mandate to cross cultures!

Furthermore, the model of Jesus mandates crossing cultures. Jesus left his home (with the Father), his culture, his language, his people (the trinity) to come to our home (earth), to our people, to speak our language, to grow up in a Jewish culture, and so on. Jesus was a cross-cultural missionary and he commands us to follow in his steps, cross any boundary, live incarnationally and make disciples.

Myth 3: Jesus wants converts.

The most interesting thing about the Great Commission is that it does not command us to make converts of Christianity. Instead, we are to make disciples of Jesus. The difference between convert making and disciple making is crucial. Converts change religions. Disciples change masters. Converts follow a system. Disciples follow a Person. Converts build Christendom. Disciples build the Kingdom of God. Converts embrace rituals. Disciples embrace a way of life. Converts love the command to “baptize them” in the Great Commission, but that is all. Disciples baptize others but only in context of “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” Converts love conversion. Disciples love transformation.

Are you making converts or are you making disciples? One way to answer this question is to evaluate your relationships with unbelievers. What do you feel when you share the Gospel with others and they blatantly reject it? If you are offended by them and their rejection, perhaps you are too interested in “being right” and in making a convert rather than a disciple. Jesus grew frustrated with the disbelief of others but his frustration grew out of his love and compassion for others rather than his desire to merely be “right” and “win a convert.”

Another way of discovering if you making converts or disciples is to evaluate whether those you lead to faith in Jesus Christ endure to the end. A disciple maker has their eyes fixed on the goal of helping others finish well (either in death, or in the return of Christ). A convert maker has their eyes on the goal of converting others well. Do you lose focus on your disciples after their conversion? If so, perhaps you are mostly interested in building your resume of converts.

Myth 4: When I am ready and able, I will start making disciples.

This is the ultimate delay tactic. Have you ever told yourself that you aren’t capable for some reason—lack of training, lack of experience, lack of skill, etc.—of making and multiplying disciples like Jesus? Have you ever thought of someone who is making and multiplying disciples as a super Christian? Have you ever said or prayed something like this, “We just ask you God to send out to the nations the best among us, yes, Lord, send out our marines!” If so, then you are believing the myth that making and multiplying disciples is for “elite” Christians.

I think Jesus knew the gravity of the command that he was giving in Matthew 28:19-20. He was asking his followers, most of them unlearned and lower/middle class, to go to every conceivable people group on earth by multiplying disciples of a Person who is physically unseen (after giving the Great Commission, Jesus ascended to heaven). This is a heavy-duty command!

The reason I think that Jesus knew the gravity of this command is that he buffers his commandment here with two powerful promises of his authority and presence. Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’” Matthew 28:20b, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In the Great Commission, Jesus gives a command along with a promise of His power and presence.

To completely put off practicing the process of making disciples now in your life because you claim that you need more equipping or growth, therefore, is actually unbelief in God’s promises! Is having the promise of Jesus’ power and presence not good enough for you to get started in the process of making disciples?

Myth 5: Making disciples is great advice.

Cultural Christianity loves this myth. Cultural Christians love to sing the praises of disciple makers while simultaneously avoiding, through the most crafty cop-outs, personal obedience to the Great Commission. In other words, when it comes down to it, many view the Great Commission as merely great advice.

The fact is, though, that the Great Commission is a commandment coupled with the commissioning of Jesus. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) Jesus expressed the same truth inversely, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:36, emphasis added) In other words, the measure of one’s love for Jesus is one’s obedience to Jesus!

You cannot love Jesus and not obey him. Stated inversely, you cannot disregard the Great Commission and claim to love Jesus. The command is simple—go and make disciples. Ask yourself, “Am I currently making disciples of others?” If not, why not ask yourself, “Will I today”

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A. W. Tozer Quotes

by: John Ellis

07/24/2017

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I have always enjoyed A.W. Tozer so I thought I would post a few quotes."Now, as always, God discloses Himself to "babes" and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond."- A. W. Tozer"Without doubt the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God."- A. W.…
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I have always enjoyed A.W. Tozer so I thought I would post a few quotes.

"Now, as always, God discloses Himself to "babes" and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond."

- A. W. Tozer

"Without doubt the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God."

- A. W. Tozer

"A pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself."

- A. W. Tozer

"What then are we to do about our problems? We must learn to live with them until such time as God delivers us from them. We must pray for grace to endure them without murmuring. Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly"

- A. W. Tozer

"The faith of Christ offers no buttons to push for quick service. The new order must wait the Lord's own time, and that is too much for the man in a hurry. He just gives up and becomes interested in something else."

- A. W. Tozer

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New Wednesday Night Study

by: John Ellis

06/27/2017

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Join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30 in room 127 for a new study, The Apostle's CreedThe Apostles’ Creed finds its genesis in the apostles’ teachings and contains essential Christian doctrines and beliefs that summarize the gospel and make up the foundation of our faith. The scriptural truths contained in the creed help us to operate out of good theology, not bad theology, with the knowledge that our faith is rooted in truth and a rich history that spans past and present. The lines of the creed aren’t mere words. They are the essence of what we confess and believe.
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Join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30 in room 127 for a new study, The Apostle's Creed

The Apostles’ Creed finds its genesis in the apostles’ teachings and contains essential Christian doctrines and beliefs that summarize the gospel and make up the foundation of our faith. The scriptural truths contained in the creed help us to operate out of good theology, not bad theology, with the knowledge that our faith is rooted in truth and a rich history that spans past and present. The lines of the creed aren’t mere words. They are the essence of what we confess and believe.


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New Personal Evangelism Course beginning April 19th

by: John Ellis

04/05/2017

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Are you tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations about your faith and values? Do you want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions, no matter whom you're talking to? Then Tactics is for you.In this class you will learn to: Initiate conversations effortlesslyStop challengers in their tracks and turn the tablesGraciously and effectively expose faulty thinkingManeuver through mine fieldsPresent the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasivelyClass begins Wednesday April 19th at 6:45 in room 127. Signup sheet is outside the church office. See Bro. John for more information.
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Are you tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations about your faith and values? Do you want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions, no matter whom you're talking to? Then Tactics is for you.

In this class you will learn to:

  • Initiate conversations effortlessly
  • Stop challengers in their tracks and turn the tables
  • Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking
  • Maneuver through mine fields
  • Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively


Class begins Wednesday April 19th at 6:45 in room 127. Signup sheet is outside the church office. See Bro. John for more information.

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Five Ways You Can Point People to Jesus Without Arguing

by: John Ellis

04/03/2017

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Have you ever tried to share your faith and had someone argue with you about it? Are you scared to share Jesus because you may not be accepted by your friends or family if you do? Maybe you’ve shared your faith and they just don’t get it … they just keep arguing with you about it.The number one thing you have to remember is that it’s not your job to change their mind. It’s your job to point them to Jesus and let Him change their heart.Here are five ways you can point people to Jesus without arguing over your…
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Have you ever tried to share your faith and had someone argue with you about it? Are you scared to share Jesus because you may not be accepted by your friends or family if you do? Maybe you’ve shared your faith and they just don’t get it … they just keep arguing with you about it.

The number one thing you have to remember is that it’s not your job to change their mind. It’s your job to point them to Jesus and let Him change their heart.

Here are five ways you can point people to Jesus without arguing over your faith:

1. Tell your story. No one can argue your personal story: what your life was like before you met Jesus, how you met Jesus, and what your life has been like since you met Jesus. It doesn’t usually make people defensive when you are talking about yourself and what Jesus has done for you.

2. Be consistent. It’s hard to hit a moving target. It is hard for someone to understand what Jesus has done in your life when one week you are strong in your convictions, but the next week you live how you want to live. This doesn’t mean you can no longer make mistakes – because you will. We all do. Sometimes people learn more by how we respond to our own mistakes than anything we could say. This just means you are consistently seeking direction from God and striving to live by it daily.

3. Love them. A very meaningful way we can show love to people – especially those who live differently than we do – is to show them grace. We don’t want to stand before them and judge the things we believe they are doing wrong. We want to love them for who they are, regardless of the choices they are making. When Jesus said that “Love your neighbor as yourself” was the next greatest commandment to loving God (Matthew 22:37-39), he didn’t put any conditions on it. He simply said to love them.

4. Serve them. There is no better way to get someone’s attention than to serve them and meet their needs. When you are trying to tell someone about Jesus, but they have a significant need not being met, your words are meaningless to them. However, when you put them above yourself and meet their needs, they are much more open to listening to you. Jesus himself says he “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). How can you go out of your way to serve someone who you can’t talk to about Jesus?

5. Pray for them. One of the greatest sources of power that we, as Christ followers, have is prayer. This is our way of asking the God of the universe for something. We are children of God when we accept Jesus as our savior, so it is like asking our dad help us out. What father doesn’t want to bless his kids? Especially when what we are asking brings him more glory! Jesus tells us that when we ask in His name (John 16:24), with the right motives (James 4:3), that we will receive. Pray for Jesus to reveal himself to them. Pray that Jesus would use you in the process. Pray for God to show you how you can better love and serve them. Pray for boldness to tell your story.

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Steve Pearson

Steve Pearson is an Evangelism Specialist TBC and Harvest Field Team Leader; Harvest Five/Southeast TN. Contact Steve at spearson@tnbaptist.org.

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VBS Training

by: John Ellis

03/29/2017

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Join us this Saturday at 9 AM to noon for VBS training. If you are planning to attend please let Ms. Jenice know at jenicep@aol.com
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Join us this Saturday at 9 AM to noon for VBS training. If you are planning to attend please let Ms. Jenice know at jenicep@aol.com

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Interesting Article about attending Church

by: John Ellis

03/21/2017

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Sorry, but if you’re a Christian, you need to go to church. Regularly.Lately, I’ve read a couple of insightful articles that address a recurring spiritual question:If you consider yourself a Christian, must you go to church?I’ve expressed my thoughts before about this issue. My answer, unfortunately, tends to make people mad.My answer is, yes, you have to go to church. That is, if you want to progress in your faith — if you hope to become a mature, actualized, fully functioning Christian.You must join a congregation, stay there for the long haul and become an active participant. You must not…
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Sorry, but if you’re a Christian, you need to go to church. Regularly.

Lately, I’ve read a couple of insightful articles that address a recurring spiritual question:

If you consider yourself a Christian, must you go to church?

I’ve expressed my thoughts before about this issue. My answer, unfortunately, tends to make people mad.

My answer is, yes, you have to go to church. That is, if you want to progress in your faith — if you hope to become a mature, actualized, fully functioning Christian.

You must join a congregation, stay there for the long haul and become an active participant. You must not only attend but get involved. Church must become a central priority in your life.

There, I said it. Fire up the emails.

Before I explain why attendance is required, there are caveats here.

First, I’m not saying non-believers should go to church. They’re under no obligation.

Second, I’m not addressing the worship habits of those who belong to non-Christian faiths — Jews, Hindus or Muslims. I’m not familiar enough with their rules about attendance to offer an opinion.

Third, I’m not saying that if you’re a Christian and rarely attend church, you’re a “fake” Christian, whatever that means, or that you’re a bad person.

Fourth, I’m not implying that non-attenders are bound for hell. Deciding who goes to heaven or hell is way above my pay grade.

Fifth, I’m not saying you should stick around some toxic congregation led by a manipulative cult-leader just to punch your ticket as a churchgoer. Exercise common sense. If you’re being abused (as opposed to merely being irritated), leave.

But here are the reasons why, all things being equal, Christians must go to church:

Christianity is a team sport. Permit me a humble analogy. You might see yourself as a terrific baseball pitcher. But if you only throw baseballs in your backyard at a plywood cutout, you won’t progress. You’re not even really playing baseball.

To discover the full extent of your abilities, to understand the true game, you need a catcher, a coach, infielders and outfielders — and even someone standing in the batter’s box ready to swat your best fastball right back at you.

Same with being a Christian. You can’t do it well by yourself.

Communion is among our faith’s central sacraments, a ritual that celebrates Christians as members of a spiritual, God-ordained community. We’re many individuals who, joined together with Jesus and each other, form one great cosmic body. It’s in our spiritual DNA that we rely on one another; no one stands alone.

Attendance is commanded. The writer of Hebrews, for instance, warns us never to forsake assembling together with our brothers and sisters.

It’s not all about you. We’re sent to church to serve others as much as we’re sent there to be served. Believe it or not, you possess gifts and talents your brothers and sisters need. If you’re not present, you’re denying them benefits God intended them to enjoy.

Your fellow parishioners, including your pastor, will make you mad, hurt your feelings and get on your last nerve. This is exactly what’s supposed to happen. Finding ourselves offended and disappointed lets us see just how shallow and petty we are. It sands down our rough edges. We discover that, by gosh, we’re no better than all those other hymn-warbling yahoos!

Also, watching God work miracles through the smelly, imperfect, hypocritical men and women who make up a congregation reveals to us the unfathomable depths of God’s grace and love. It renews our faith. We realize he can use anybody — even us.

Your fellow Christians will reveal aspects of the Lord you’ve never seen. As we get to know our fellow pilgrims, as we hear them tell and retell their sordid stories while they’re bumbling along, we find they’ve experienced God in ways we haven’t. They’ve seen revelations we’ve never imagined. Over time, all these very different visions merge into a greater portrait of him than we’d ever otherwise behold.

Your fellow churchgoers will inspire and comfort you.Sure, some Christians will let you down, because they’re human and that’s what humans do. But you’ll also find disciples who’ll sit beside you in court when your kid’s up on drug charges, and who’ll hold your hand when your spouse is lying in a coffin, and who’ll bring you soup when you’re sick with the flu. When everything’s going wrong, they’ll assure you it’s going to be OK in the end, because they — and God — have your back.

To the extent you honor your church, you honor Christ.“In as much as you’ve done it to the least of these my brothers and sisters,” Jesus said, “you’ve done it unto me.” When you dishonor or ignore his church, you’re dishonoring or ignoring him.

You’ll get plenty of laughs. You’ll sing and pray, sure. You’ll snore. You’ll grow fidgety. But as much as anything, you’ll experience joy — and mirth. Each church is a microcosm of the human comedy. When you’re not cussing about it, the sheer surreal madness of it just leaves you clutching your rib cage, shaking with laughter, tears of gratitude streaming down your cheeks.

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Revival with Bro. Dwight Singleton

by: John Ellis

02/23/2017

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On Saturday, March 26th at 6 PM and Sunday the 27th at 10:50 AM and 6 PM Brother Dwight Singleton will lead our revival. Saturday Night Bread of Life will be providing the special music. Calvary's Men's Trio will provide special music for the AM and PM services on Sunday.
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On Saturday, March 26th at 6 PM and Sunday the 27th at 10:50 AM and 6 PM Brother Dwight Singleton will lead our revival. Saturday Night Bread of Life will be providing the special music. Calvary's Men's Trio will provide special music for the AM and PM services on Sunday.

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Welcome To The New Calvary Baptist Church Website

by: John Ellis

02/08/2017

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!Calvary Baptist Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.There's still a lot of information to be…
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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!

Calvary Baptist Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot of information to be added, and we hope to keep the site fresh and up to date. If you have any ideas about how we can improve the site or use it better, please leave a comment below.

If you're a first time visitor to our website, we would love to have you visit our church this Sunday. You'll get a warm welcome and a wonderful Gospel message. Feel free to browse our new website and get to know us. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at 865-483-7460 or send us an email.

From all of us at Calvary Baptist Church, welcome to our new church website.



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