Re:Verse passage – Mark 3:13-19 (day five)
“And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, and to have authority to cast out the demons.”
It’s a new paradigm. Jesus has embraced a different strategy for growing His kingdom. He has gone from discipleship to disciple-making. He did exhort and challenge people to “take up their cross daily, and follow Me”- discipleship. But now He is expanding the scope of His ministry and focus. The goal is relationship AND multiplication. Paul echos the same purpose, “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also”. There it is. Certainly the gospel is being taught/shared. But now the goal is deeper and longer. Believers who are compelled and capable of leading others to become believers who can then lead others to become believers who are compelled and capable… – multiplication. Our time with the Lord AND our time investing in others who can then learn, lead, serve, and share is Disciple-making. An even greater perspective and privilege for growing God’s kingdom.