Make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. – Jesus (from Matthew 28:19-20)
Educating is part of evangelism! We educate by training American mission volunteers for missional work and evangelism. Preaching and speaking opportunities are part of ‘teaching them to obey.’ Our ROW Pastor Training Schools teach international pastors the necessity of evangelism. Through that, they are equipped to teach and mobilize their churches. These are some of the ways to be obedient to Jesus’ command to ‘teach them to obey.’
Educating disciples represents one of two ‘roads to belief’ depicted in Scripture. Luke 24 speaks of two men on the road to Emmaus. Jesus joined them though they did not recognize Him. They walked together, talked together, and He taught them what the Scriptures said of Him. The eyes and the understanding of the men were opened and they told others, “It is true! The Lord has risen…” Many people come to Christ this way after walking with us, talking with us, and learning of Christ through us.
The other ‘road to belief’ is the road to Damascus. Saul was on that road when God confronted and challenged him in a blinding light. Some people come to faith like this. After his experience, Saul would become the Apostle Paul and teach all believers to become all things to all men so that by all means we might win some!
Evangelism is both a process and an event. We must not neglect one ‘road’ for exclusive use of the other. Whether by the Emmaus Road or the Damascus Road, the more we are engaged the more effective we will be. Join us, on the road!