Has someone ever tried to explain something to you, but you soon realized they were making it way more complicated than it needed to be? It’s annoying, isn’t it? But sadly, I think the church sometimes does the same thing.
For example, if the average American church were our model, we might think Jesus’ plan for disciple-making involved Sunday School, evangelistic crusades, theology classes, and quizzes on biblical geography. And God undoubtedly uses those things.
But when we look at the life of Jesus and the way he called people, it was profoundly simpler: “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men” (Mk. 1:17-18).
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