Why the Local Church Is the Key Instrument of the Great Commission

11.26.2019 - By Rainer on Leadership

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Today Thom and Sam discuss the purpose of the local church as a key instrument of the Great Commission. Discipleship is the primary tool the church uses to fulfill the Great Commission. The conversation today covers the importance of making disciples and characteristics of discipleship.

The difference between decisions and disciples
The biblical path of the early Church
Accountability is difficult outside of the local church
Fighting perceptions about the local church

Other highlights:

In the Great Commission, the decision to follow Christ is the decision to be a disciple.
The instrument God uses to make disciples is the local church.
If you become a member of the local church, then you are expressing a willingness to be held accountable. 
The church doesn’t exist for itself, but as a representative of the gospel in the community.

Resources:

* Effective Rural Church Coaching
* Evangelism in the 21st Century: The Critical Issues
* Evangelism in the Early Church
* EST Podcast
* Revitalize & Replant Podcast
* Revitalization Hero Story

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