Pioneering in the UK……

“For many people in the UK there is no indigenous Church that reflects this message in their culture. As I have already mentioned, in a situation where a land has been in “Christendom”, the obvious solution seems to be to improve people’s experience of the church, which already exists. This will be right for some people, but not the majority. The stark fact is that we need many new, indigenous expressions of Church……”

(Martin Garner, ‘A Call for Apostles Today’)

On Saturday we met with a group of people to discuss, plan and pray into what it will take to see our area, Somerset, discipled. By ‘discipled’ I mean :

‘Reached’ with the good news of Jesus Christ in a way which is relevant and understandable to them


‘Taught’ how to be obedient to the will of God as revealed in scripture and through His Spirit

After all that is what we are meant to be doing isn’t it. Jesus told His disciples to Go and make disciples of all nations, to baptize them and to teach them to observe all that He had commanded them. (Matthew 28:18-20) Everything outside of those things are superfluous to the work of the Gospel. God the Father desires all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4) and desires the whole world to be filled with His knowledge (Habakkuk 2:14, Matthew 28:18-20) Instead we stay inside our church buildings and keep the love of the Father to ourselves!

I want to ask the question, “What will it take to see your friends, family, neighborhood, town, area or country discipled?” This is what Jesus has asked us to do so it is what we need to measure ourselves up against.

Where does it start? Well first of all a disciple needs to know His masters will. So we pray. Then as we continue to pray we have to build relationships with people who do not know Jesus. There is nothing clever about this. We have to get out of our Christian ghetto and share the love of Jesus with people who need to hear it. We need to share Jesus’ invitation to discipleship with people. Jesus called people into a life of obeying Him. What would it look like if people in your neighborhood started to live how God wanted them to? Would it look like “church as we know it”. I don’t think so…..And if God really wants the knowledge of Him to spread to every people group, tribe and clan in the whole of the world then what would it look like to encourage a group of believers that their primary call is to multiply themselves and their ‘sharing around Jesus’  into every area of their village, town, city or country…

We need to re-think things….

How are you going to help people observe (i.e DO) what Jesus has commanded them? How are you going to make disciples of all nations?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Pam Holmes May 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I agree wholeheartedly, but where do we start? How?


Martin May 4, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Love to read the discussion. Seems to me in the UK / wider field we have the challenge / opportunity of pushing beyond ‘acceptable’ boundaries to try and find a new way.

With Christendom over, and the weaknesses of that system increasingly visible, there must be scope for people to wrestle with the questions, resist the pressure of conformity… and look for the surprises of God to indicate where he is already at work.

Please keep moving, pursuing the possibilities. We need you and what you are doing.


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