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One might be shocked to learn just what the potential is that the impact our individual participation in the Great Commission can have.
Consider the folllowing hyperthetical scenario:
Let's say, that as an individual, "rank and file" believer (one who has been called to be either an evangelist or a pastor teacher), God used you to either share the Gospel or an edifying principle of post salvation doctrine with, let's say, ten individuals throughout the course of your lifetime here on Earth. As a result, God was glorified and ten souls were either saved (in the case of unbelievers) or edified (in the case of fellow believers.)
Then, in then course of the lifetimes of each one the ten individuals that you were used to either evangelize or edify, in turn, shared the True Gospel and/or the same principle of doctrine with ten other individuals. The total of souls saved or edified through chain reaction that YOU started has now risen to 100.
Then, in then course of the lifetimes of the these 100 individuals, each one of them, in turn, shared the True Gospel and/or the same principle of doctrine with ten individuals. The total of souls saved or edified through chain reaction that YOU started has now risen to 10,000.
Then, in then course of the lifetimes of the these 10,000 individuals, each one of them, in turn, shared the True Gospel and/or the same principle of doctrine with ten individuals. The total of souls saved or edified through chain reaction that YOU started has now risen to 100,000.
Then, in then course of the lifetimes of the these 100,000 individuals, each one of them, in turn, shared the True Gospel and/or the same principle of doctrine with ten individuals. The total of souls saved or edified through a chain reaction that YOU started has now risen to 1,000,000.
Now consider, that even after you have departed this earth, the chain reaction that you started continues to go on and on, resulting in souls being saved or edified, and God being glorified.
This illustration is not to promote the idea that we are to focus on the number of persons saved and/or edified, but to show how what we do can be used greatly by God. Rather you, as an individual believer are called to be involved in the evangelization and/or edification of only a few other souls, or millions is a matter for God the Holy Spirit to determine (1 Cor. 12: 18).
Comparing oneself to the production of another believer is a serious error (Romans 14: 1). You were not called to do the work of another, and others were not called to do the work that God ordained for you. Keep the percentage principle in mind. If you, as a rank and file, individual believer were called to evangelize or edify, let's say 20 people, and did so, then you would have accomplished 100% of that area of work that God assigned to you and would then receive your full (2John 1: 8) reward. Matt. 5: 19 says that those who keeps the Lord's Commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called "Great" in the Kingdom of Heaven. There are more than 300 Commandments in the New Testament that apply to the believers of the Church Age. We teach by example, as well as by word.
At the same time, if you were one of 5% of believers that God called to be an evangelist or a pastor teacher, you may have been called to take part in the evangelization or edification of thousands or even millions of souls, but by doing so, would have still only accomplished the same 100% as did the one who was called to evangelize or edify the 20.
"...And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to who they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more (Luke 12: 48 NASB mine)." In context, the "they" in this passage is referring to the earthly masters, and it is the master's slaves that are accountable. As it pertains to discipleship, the "master" is God the Holy Spirit who assigns the functions and the accompanying work (1Cor. 12: 18). It is the individual believer who receives the opportunities that God the Holy Spirit engineers who is accountable for what he/she does with each one.
Our responsibility is to respond to the opportunities that God arranges and presents to us by knowing and communicating accurate doctrine. We are NOT accountable for how the recipients of the information choose to respond. Since it is those around us who will be the first to take note of our advancement in the spiritual realm, our first opportunities often begins with the people we interact with on a daily basis. Don't be discouraged to discover the Matt. 13: 57 principle.
"...A prophet (prophet = one who speaks for or about the things of God) is not without honor (respect) except in his home town and in his own household (Matt. 3: 57 NASB italics mine).
As (If) we spiritually mature, we will develop a corresponding desire to share the Gospel and principles of doctrine with more and more people.
If led to do so, one can also participate in the fulfillment of the Great Commission on a broader scale by contributing time, talents, finances, and prayer support to a ministry that promotes the true Gospel and teaches accurate Bible Doctrine for the development of the true post salvation spiritual life.
BATMQ is self-supported and does not solicit or receive financial support, but prayer support is greatly appreciated. I have established this policy so that it is clear that I neither spice up or tone down the content or delivery of the presentations in order to garner financial support. Telling people what they want to hear, as opposed to telling them what they need to hear, will weed out those who desire to grow in their knowledge of the Lord from those who merely want to play Church.
No one (but God) knows how far our personal input to the fulfilment of the Great Commission will go. I use the foregoing illustration to made the point that this is the potential of what can happen through the effort of just ONE rank and file (non-clergy) believer sharing the Gospel or an edifying principle of post salvation doctrine. with only TEN persons throughout the course of his/her lifetime. What ONE person (you) can do, can contribute to the eternal destiny of many others. With access to the Internet, such statistics are possible and allows the "doors" of the ministry to remain open 24 hrs. a day, seven days a week.
Less than 5% of the body of Christ here on Earth are called to be evangelists or pastor teachers. Evangelists are those who God calls and enables to speak to large congregations or audiences of one type or another for the primary purpose of proclaiming the Gospel, through which God the Holy Spirit affords the individual members of the audience to be BELIEVE and be saved. Pastor teachers are those who God calls to primarily teach post (after) salvation doctrine to those who have already been born again (saved).
The type (traditional vs. one making use of television, radio, Internet, or some other form of media) and size of one's ministry is in the hand of God the Holy Spirit. Each evangelist/pastor teacher must keep in mind that like each individual believer, he is here to do the work that God assigned to him, not to someone else.
Note that if you, as an individual believer, were used of God to evangelize just one other soul, it will literally make the difference between spending eternity in Heaven rather what the Bible calls the lake of fire (Rev. 20: 15). The same applies to the edification of another soul. There is no telling what part that soul will later play in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. We are all familiar with high profile Christian celebrities such as Billy Graham, but do we know the names of the persons God used to share the Gospel Message or edifying doctrine with them?
Through the enablishing power of God the Holy Spirit, the primary job of the pastor teacher is to prepare and equip (Eph. 4: 12) the Church Age believers for discipleship. He does so by teaching the Bible Doctrine by ANY means that God makes available to him. It is up to the recipients of the information to choose to apply it or not (Matt. 7: 24-27).
Discipleship is the technical study and application of the Word of God. Discpleship begins (and continues) with the spiritual edification of one self. Like a runner in a torch relay race, one can not pass onto others what he/she has not first grasped for him/herself. Once prepared, discipleship will inevitably involve participation in the Great Commission as the advancing disciple shares the True Gospel Message with the unbelievers, and post salvation doctrine with fellow believers, with whom the advancing disciple interacts with on a daily basis in a host of different scenarios and environments.
This is why the accurate teaching of the Word of God plays such an important part of the worship service that God ordained for the Church Age. True worship glorifies God. God is worshiped and glorifed as He desires (John 4: 23) primarily through the celebration of the Lord's Supper (Communion), as this is what (should) bring into "remembrance-1Cor. 11: 24, 25") what He did (past tense) on the cross, and through the teaching and application of Bible Doctrine. Once cannot bring into remembrance what was never a part of one's soul structure to begin with via a clear understanding of the TRUE Gospel Message and relevant post salvation doctrine.
In the apostate (1TIm. 4: 1) end times in which we are living, virtually all "Christian" worship services provide some means to celebrate some form of Communion on an ongoing or regular schedule, but differ greatly in the quantity and the quality of the Bible teaching that comes from the pulpits. Celebrating the Lord's Supper is a sacred ritual that glorifies God and serves the purpose of bringing into remembrance how and by what means we passed (past tense) from being spiritually dead to being born again, but it is through the teaching and application of the Word of God that we are prepared and equipped for the spiritual combat of the true post salvation spiritual life.
The "bottom line" for evaluating the constancy of any Church or ministry with the marching orders(Great Commission) is by what it produces. Are those "attending" becoming disciples (students and appliers of the Word of God? Do they leave, having being well fed with the Word?
One of the advantages of having an Internet ministry is that the doors are open 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week. There are 168 hrs. in every week, and the devil wastes none of them.
Nothing is more gratifying than for me to receive emails from persons or groups of persons from all over the world who report being evangelized or edified by God making use of the material that the BATMQ.NET provides.
God issued the Great Commission to the Church, with 95% of the Church consisting of individual believers who are NOT called to serve as evangelists or pastor teachers, but who are ALL called to be Christ's Ambassadors (2 Cor. 5: 20) in whatever location, activity, or environment they find themselves in on a daily basis!
Ambassadors are well versed and have a clear understanding of what the policies are of the kingdom they represent.
Every believer has an unspoken testimony that is communicated every day by those with whom he/she interacts. By the DAILY priorities we set, and by what we think, do, and say, we either take a stand for God and/or the things of God, our own independent agenda, or in the worst case scenario, we serve the purpose of our adversary, the devil.
In closing, consider the answer to the FAQ, "I am only one. What can I do?" is that we are ONE who has been given the honor and responsibility of representing God here in the devil's world, and that we can do anything that He has called us to do with HIs power and for His glory. What remains to be seen, however, is rather or not we, as individual believers will choose to respond to the call.
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