Making Disciples of Christ in Ecuador

On The Brink of War

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We are going to take a break from our great commission series for something I wanted to share.  This morning I was reading through Joshua 22.  You may know the story.  If you don't here is a summary but if you can, read the chapter.  Things were settling down for Israel after conquering the promise land.  Joshua blesses the tribes of Ruben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh and they go to the land that was given to them.  After arriving they decide to made a huge altar.  The other tribes hear of it, get angry, and the leaders of the other tribes get together and confront them about the issue.  The leaders come to them with all kinds of accusations.  They tell them about how they are departing from the Lord and remind them of how God judged Israel because of Achan's sin.  They demand their repentance or war will break out.  The tribes of Ruben, Gad, and Manasseh tell them it has nothing to do with departing from the Lord or worshiping contrary to the law.  They are afraid that the other tribes will cut them off and not allow them to worship in the place God commanded.  They had made the altar as a reminder to everyone of what God had commanded hoping that everyone would remember.

That is the story.  What should we make of it?  I had several thoughts this morning as I mediated on it.  I began to think about relationships.  The main thought I had was relationships in the church but you could also apply these things to families or other situations.

Here are some of my thoughts:

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Great Commission (Part 2)

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Continuing on with the series I think we will stay with the passage in Matthew 28 for a moment before we go on to Mark.

Discipleship is something that seems to be lost in today's Christianity.  For the most part, many are satisfied with having a person come to an altar, pray a prayer, or attend a church.  This isn't the great commission at all.  It's much easier to encourage someone to come to church or have them fill out a card.  It doesn't take much time and it also doesn't impede too much on our lives.

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Great Commission (Part 1)

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The great commission is a topic that is surely well known to all evangelicals.  It's been a cry throughout the ages since Christ walked this earth.  What I'd like to do over the next few posts is do a series on it.  We are going to look at all 4 gospels and point out the different emphases each one carries.  We will start out with Matthew.  I'll try to point out a few things that aren't emphasized much.  It will come together when the series is finished.

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Don't Trespass

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Matthew 9:37–38

Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

The other day I read something relating to this verse and I started thinking about it in a different light.  In the past I had the vision of someone who works a lot in a field and then seeing there is so much to do, he feels overwhelmed and asks for more help.  I think there is probably some truth to that but it's not what I thought of the other day.  There is a sense in that there is lots of work to do and there is always a need for more laborers.  Thinking in the context of missions, there is a seemingly unending number of people who need the Gospel.

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