Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Neil Cole on Discipleship

By Jeffrey Bruce

Over the past few weeks, it has dawned on me that planting churches is all about discipleship. The point isn't church planting per se. Making disciples is the point, and when disciples are made, churches emerge from the harvest. Neil Cole makes the primacy of discipleship eminently clear.

Christianity is always just one generation away from extinction. If we fail to reproduce ourselves and pass the torch of life into the hands of the next generation, Christianity will be over with in just one generation. Yet because of the power of multiplication, we are also one generation away from worldwide fulfillment of the Great Commission. The choice is ours.
(Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens [San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 105)

I'm also thankful that the church will not fail because Christ will ultimately reign over all.