Thousands of evangelicals from around the world were challenged to finish the Great Commission and make disciples as they kicked off a decennial gathering in Indonesia.
Niko Njotorahardjo, an Indonesian pastor, told those attending the World Evangelical Alliance’s General Assembly on Thursday not to forget their calling.
“Jesus gave us His Great Commission,” he said, as reported by Christian Today, based in the U.K. “My friends, don’t forget God wants all of us to be disciples of Jesus. Disciples are the people whose lifestyles resemble how Jesus lived.
“We have to be serious about finishing the Great Commission of Jesus. We are not here just to gather but to pray, Oh Lord, come quickly and Your kingdom come.”
WEA is a network of churches and organizations in 129 countries that seeks to help spread the Gospel. This year, under the theme “Your Kingdom Come,” assembly participants are seeking to address the question of what evangelism and disciple-making should look like over the next decade.
WEA Secretary General Bishop Efraim Tendero stressed on Thursday that Christians need to focus on “intergenerational, intentional and holistic” disciple-making.
The meeting comes weeks after WEA announced Jay Matenga as the new executive director to its Mission Commission. Matenga, who served in Mission Commission for over 10 years, said in a blog post this week that he believes “missions is moving from a colonial era into a communal era and that the often-used means of missions — “voluntary associations (missions) invented under colonial Protestantism” — are “being invalidated.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Sheryl Lynn