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Scripture… As We Live It #36

Posted by on Jan 11, 2009 in as we live it, scripture | 6 comments

Here is passage #36 in “Scripture… As We Live It“:

Go into the church building therefore and make disciples of all nations who come into the church building, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you the specific tenets of your church. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age, well, sort of, but not in a real sense. (Matthew 28:19-20 re-mix)


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  1. 1-11-2009

    Yes, this is known as the great ensconcement.

  2. 1-11-2009

    Another good reminder. Where did we ever get the idea that evangelism is to be the primary focus of our meeting together? I constantly have people tell me that they are trying to get so-and-so to attend church so that they can hear me preach the Gospel. I always just encourage them to tell their unsaved friends themselves and kindly remind them that the purpose of our meeting together is edification.

    Also, I was wondering if you were perhaps too generous in retaining the word “disciples.” Would words such as “converts,” “decisions,” or even “Baptist” (or some other denomination) be more appropriate and reflective? I wish our churches were more concerned about the “making” of disciples, but I fear that we are only concerned with “decisions” and incorporating these new believers into the various programs and activities of the church. It seems that far too often the concept of developing spiritual maturity isn’t even present in many churches. While I don’t believe this is intentional, it does seem that our church’s structures (a focus on programs and organization rather than people) and priorities (evangelism over edification) often make the training of disciples very difficult.

    Ben Laird

  3. 1-11-2009

    Hi Alan,
    This is a unique concept. Scripture being re-written by how we live it.

    People are not willing to go about teaching and speaking of the Gospel of Jesus Christ unless it is within there ‘comfort zone’.

    People also do not believe God is with us always.

    Earlier, at my request, you read my post on Journaling For Growth. I think the concept of ‘Scripture as we live it’ is in fact what causes people to miss the fact that God ordered works as a means to sanctification. A means to live by God’s standard and not our own.

    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my page. In order for me to keep track of your page, I have hosted a link to your blog from mine.


  4. 1-11-2009


    I’ve never heard the phrase “great ensconcement”. Thanks for adding it to my vocabulary.


    Great thoughts! I’m glad this series is helping people think through what Scripture says and how we live it.


    For some reason, I couldn’t add your blog to my feed reader. I’ll keep trying.


  5. 1-11-2009

    Praise God that He is unveiling eyes to see that this is NOT the reality of the Body!

  6. 4-11-2010

    Here is my “remix” of the current understanding of this Scripture:

    Go and tell your friends about your “church”, passing out tracts and inviting them to come to your “church” so that they might get saved, then your pastor can baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and he can teach them to observe all that the church believes according to it’s interpretation of the Scriptures and traditions along with the church constitution and by-laws.