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  1. The Primary Task:Make Disciples of All Nations!

  2. Part 4 The Primary Mandate – Disciple Nations • Session 4.17 The GREAT CO-Mission - Overview • Session 4.18 Christ Announces His Reign • Session 4.19 Reawakening the Cultural Mandate in the Great Commission • Session 4.20 The Task Is for All Christians – Where They Are Deployed • Session 4.21 The Primary Task – Make Disciples of All Nations!

  3. The Text Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

  4. Outline • The Imperative – Make Disciples • What is a disciple? • Of all nations! • The rise of individualism • The meaning of panta ta ethne • The Destiny of Nations • Nations are to be discipled! • What is a nation? • The means of discipling a nation

  5. Make Disciples!

  6. Make Disciples • Greek word - matheteuo • 1 to be a disciple of one. 1a to follow his precepts and instructions. • 2 to make a disciple. 2a to teach, instruct • From - mathetes - a learner, pupil, disciple

  7. Is Not • To teach – didasko - to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses; instill doctrine into one • To evangelize – the word does not exist in the Bible • To witness – martureo - to be a witness, to bear witness, i.e., to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced something

  8. The Concept of Disciple • Life on life process • To teach or instruct by modeling • Questions: • What did Jesus do with his disciples for three years? • How did he do it?

  9. Imperative • Two commands in our text • “Go” is not a command. • What do you think the two commands are in this text?

  10. The Two Commands • MAKE DISCIPLES (19a) • LOOK / BEHOLD (20b)

  11. Focus • We are commanded to disciple! • Questions: • What are we to disciple? • What is not the focus of the imperative?

  12. Of All Nations

  13. The Rise of Individualism

  14. The Rise of Individualism • Communalism: • Unity without diversity • Individual disappears • Individualism: • Diversity without unity • Lack of community • Western world • Community • Unity of diversity • Nature of the kingdom of God

  15. The Marlboro Man

  16. Frank Sinatra For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself - Then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels And not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows And did it my way. Yes, it was my way.

  17. “Have It Your Way”

  18. An Army of One

  19. The Rise of Individualism • Question: How has the Western focus on individualism affected: • The church ? • Our concept of mission? • Your life?

  20. The meaning of panta ta ethne

  21. The Destiny of Nations

  22. The Destiny of Nations • Read • Set # 1: Genesis 12: 2-3 and Matthew 28: 18-20 • Set # 2: Deut. 4: 5-8; Rev. 21: 23-26 • Questions • What do these reveal about God? • What do these reveal about the destiny of nations?

  23. Nations are to be discipled! Matheµteusate — “Admit them disciples”

  24. What is a nation?

  25. What Defines a Nation? • Modern concept “nation state” – politically and geographically bound • More fluid concept bound by common: • Descent – ancestry – blood line • Language • Culture – heritage - ethne • Religion • Geography • Ideals

  26. From Many Nations – One Kingdom And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5: 9-10

  27. Biblical Concept of a Nation • Rev. 5: 9b - from every tribe and language and people and nation • phule – tribe, race • glossa – language, tongue • laos – people, people of God • ethnos – people, people group, nation • Key Definitions • Hebrew - gowy – nation, gentiles, people • Greek - ethnos – people, people group, nation

  28. Great Commission • Horizontal – around the world • Witness to the ends of the earth (Acts 1: 8) • Steward – be children of God in relationship to all creation (Mark 16: 15) • Vertical – penetrate culture – disciple nations (Matt. 28: 19)

  29. Ethnos from a Family of Words

  30. The Ethos of an Ethnos • Ethos of a culture deals with • Worldview • Sacred belief systems • First principles • Value system • The cultural foundations (ethos) are directly related to the hopes and aspirations (telos) of her people.

  31. Panta ta ethne • Note it does not say to disciple individuals from each nation. • Note that we are to disciple people groups rather than individuals. • It is all nations, not just our nation or our neighborhood. • The task will not be completed when there is an evangelistic witness in each nation, but when the nations are discipled.

  32. The Means of Discipling a Nation

  33. Means of Discipling a Nation • Pray – Engage with God; this is his mission • Evangelize – call people and nations to repentance • Plant outwardly focused churches • Disciple at the level of culture

  34. Discipling Nations Rebuilt Societies Reformed Cultures Repentant Souls and Regenerated Lives Gospel – Renewed Minds – Discipled Nations Consequences – Behavior – Values - Beliefs

  35. The Process - “Inside Out” Mt. 13: 31-33 Parable of the Mustard Seed & Yeast Community: Society & Culture Sectors & Spheres Church Governance Arts Family Regeneration & Mindset Renewal Media Law Commerce

  36. Ideas Spread Through Culture The Intellectuals (religion, philosophy) The Balladeers (popular music, the arts) The Professionals (law, politics, economics) The Common

  37. GEOGRAPHIC Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done KTIZOGRAPHIC DEMOGRAPHIC on earth as it is in heaven Kingdom Culture and the Great Commission BEAUTY BEAUTY JUSTICE JUSTICE Kingdom Culture TRUTH TRUTH Infusion Progress (Isaiah 9:7): “of the increase of his government… there will be no end” Time (Matt. 28:20b) “until the end of the age”

  38. Lifestyles Laws Structures Principles Institutions Institutions Principles Structures Laws Lifestyles Worldview Impact on Popular Culture Development Economics Politics Education Worldview Law FamilyLife Environment The Arts

  39. The Demographic Commissionpasta ethnē

  40. Education Illustration

  41. Education Program Education Policy Education Principles Education Paradigm Worldview Programs Who? Where? When? How? Policies What is Development? Principles Why? Paradigms Why? Action Doing the Right Things Reflection Worldview Impact on Education Wisdom Doing Things Right Strategies Structures Personnel Curricula Methodologies Institutions Definitions Goals Defining Objectives Problems and Descriptions Solutions Theories Criterion/Grid Ideals Ethics Habits of Ethos the Heart Stoicheion Vision What is the Nature of: Knowledge Being Good and Evil Development

  42. The Means ofDiscipling a Nation • Living a life that baptizes • Teaching that which transforms