Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Heart of the Great Commission

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Heart of the Great Commission

By Becka Johnson, Missionary, Papua New Guinea
October-December 2014

Heart of the Great Commission
What does discipleship look like? Discipleship is an ongoing process of transformation and change for Christians. It should be intentional, cyclical, comprehensive, and continuous. In Papua New Guinea, teaching, training, and mentoring are big parts of ministry. Fourteen years ago, tribal fighting interrupted the Bible training at the Kar mission station. As missionaries, we knew the importance of teaching and training and that it must continue, despite the civil unrest.

Praise God for the Pidgin resources in country through Christian Leaders Training College. We began using their discipleship Theological Education by Extension course on a small group basis and trained many tutors/group leaders. The training and teaching through this process have not been without bumps and roadblocks. Teaching and training cannot stop because of those bumps or roadblocks, whatever they are. The matter must be taken to the Lord in prayer. The Lord will give wisdom when we ask (James 1:5). The discipleship course and other TEE courses are resources that are part of the curriculum at Christian Union Bible College in Mount Hagen.

There is a dream of discipleship courses being led at the district levels by national tutors. We would love to see the course reach the youth and young adults here in PNG as well. Several of our PNG pastors see this call to discipleship and are challenging their congregations to follow Jesus in a new way and to not sit on the sidelines. In a world that is so busy, good intentions get lost in living life. This is a worldwide problem. The Lord calls us to discipleship, to step away from the “world” and its busyness and toward Him, to walk with Him, follow Him, and be transformed, continually growing in Christ and drawing others to Him.

Make a difference on your knees.PRAY: Invest time in becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. Pray for the ongoing discipleship training and teaching in Papua New Guinea and for a spiritual hunger to grow in Christ.
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