What is “in Jesus’ Way”?
Jesus’ Way is His Great Commission, that is “Go and Make Disciples”. He never gives another way for the forming of His Kingdom. And the progress of discipleship is the pursuit to live out the whole life of Christ, namely growing in all aspects to be fully Christlike.
What is “revival”? Many Christians talk about revival. Yet, you cannot find this specific word in the New Testament. To modern Christians, it oftentimes is understood as a certain period of time in history or in the future when Christianity has explosive growth with a large number of new converts. It seems that history presents revivals in that way, a short revival time always being tucked among the non-revival period of hundreds of years or decades. It seems most of the AD history was like that except one, the Acts time. We cannot find this word in the New Testament too much, because Jesus and His followers already showed us the Way(method) for continual revival. And the book of Acts presents a good cluster of evidences to show that anyone who takes on Jesus’ way will see revival happening from Jerusalem to the end of the earth. Therefore, revival depends on whether people choose to follow His way. It should be an everyday thing, instead of mysterious historic movements.
Revival can happen now! It is our own choice. When it doesn’t happen, it is always because people do not follow His way. All the examples in the New Testament prove there is no situation too difficult that disciple making cannot happen. Is it persecution, diseases, dangers, no clean water, poor transportation, poor communication, illiteracy, or no complete New Testament?
Compared to Jesus’ Way, modern churches should mainly make changes in three major areas:
- Make disciples in Jesus’ Way: Jesus clearly defines the Great Commission in Matthew28:19-20, disciple making, as 1) intentionally going to the lost and looking for people to be discipled, 2) evangelizing in His way (so you can baptize them), 3) discipling them which means training them to obey all Jesus’ teachings, the whole package of Christianity one needs to know and apply. Yet, lies against the practice of the Biblical disciple-making prevail in modern churches, such as “not every Christian is called to make disciples”, “everything is disciple-making” and so on. (insert super-links here)
- Reason in Jesus’ Way: Point 2 and 3 are included in Point 1. Here we singled those two areas out just for the purpose of emphasis. In the New Testament, logic reasoning is a major component in Jesus’ ministry and His followers’. Yet, average Christians position apologetics as a rare degree in seminaries, which is a rare calling for a small group of exceptionally smart people. What’s worse? Among the very few apologists, very few are disciple-making practitioners.
- Walk in the Spirit in Jesus’ Way: Jesus trained his disciples for three years. But he allows them to launch disciple-making ministry globally, only on one condition, which is to wait until the power of the Holy Spirit falling on them(Acts1:8). Yet, many Christians reject or haven’t experienced the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit. And what makes the situation more complex, only a proportion of those who practice the power of Holy Spirit utilize the power to the Great Commission.
In summary, according to the Bible, Jesus expects to see all those three in each one of His followers, in order to release the great power of continual and steady revival until He comes.
Through our ministry, we hope to:
- Promote the right pictures of Jesus’ way, Jesus’ blue print of disciples and Jesus’ blue print church;
- Expose the half truths (cliches) in those areas prevailing in modern churches;
- Provide practical help to Christians, church leaders and churches by creating articles, books, podcasts and videos, discipling, coaching, holding seminars and connecting them to good resources.