Thursday, December 1, 2011

Are We Still Going Together to Make Disciples?


I had a fascinating class at Mid-America Bible College (Now Mid-America Christian University) in Oklahoma City.  It was "Christian Worship."  My professor, Martin Shackleton, was chair of the music department at the time and taught a great class.  Our principal text was A. W. Tozer's The Knowledge of the Holy.

One day we were in for special treat; Martin's father, Frederick G. Shackleton, lectured.  The elder Shackleton taught various disciplines at different colleges throughout his career, including philosophy.  He answered to my satisfaction an age-old dilemma: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?  Shackleton's answer: God heard it, so it made a sound!

Perhaps he is best known at large today in the Church of God (Anderson) as the writer of the song, Together We Go to Make Disciples.

Are we still doing that?  Have we ever done that?  Do we make disciples?  More than converts—disciples.  Fully matured saints who are stable.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-15 ESV)
Are we doing this?  Don't over-think this one.  Don't rationalize or excuse away.  Ask yourself: Are we doing this?