Make Followers, Not Decisions

by Frank Jones


“First, we cannot fall prey to the idea that the Great Commission means evangelism alone, especially if it is cut off from discipleship. Christ has commanded us to make disciples, not count up evangelistic decisions. If all we have is a choice between getting the gospel to a group of people in a one-time shot or doing nothing, obviously, we should take the one-time shot and trust God to do the rest. But it is not legitimate to turn that decision into a ministry goal or guideline. The Great Commission is not fulfilled until there are disciples who continue to obey the teachings of Jesus Christ and bear fruit through Him. We must consistently make that our objective, strategizing and striving toward that end.” (Doran, David M. For the Sake of His Name. Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, 2018, 57)