Expecting great things from God and attempting great things for God
Written by Wes Richards Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:44
In June 1793 that man, William Carey, saw England for the last time when he sailed for India with his family of six and a colleague. They experienced poverty and illness and for five and a half year’s they did not see a single convert. But when the Hindu follower Krishna Pal came to Christ in 1800 Carey said: ‘He was only one, but a continent was coming behind him. The divine grace which changed one Indian’s heart could obviously change a hundred thousand.’ Carey expected God to do great things – no matter how bleak the circumstances looked. One convert was not to be dismissed as only one but as the first sign of a great awakening. And so he attempted great things for God. When Carey died in 1834 he had lived to see 26 gospel churches planted in India and he had personally translated the Bible or parts of it into no less than 34 languages, including 6 completed translations of the whole Bible and 23 of the New Testament. And above all he helped ignite a huge movement of global mission.
Today the Vision of G12, which is being so powerfully modeled in the 200,000-member MCI church in Bogota, Colombia, also focuses on the huge challenge of making disciples in every nation in every generation. At heart, the G12 is a vision, passion and plan for nothing less than global salvation and personal and communal transformation.
The G12 Vision is a radical church vision and a far-reaching kingdom vision. It involves much more than getting people to church services or making converts.
- It means helping and shaping those converts into becoming committed followers of Jesus Christ.
- It means caring and praying for people from spiritual infancy and bringing them to spiritual maturity and turning disciples into disciple makers
- It means reproducing this process of making and multiplying disciples over and over again until every nation is filled with living ambassadors of the resurrected Jesus