And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe things I have commanded you.
The Church of Christ is called especially to the nations in the end times. According to these two important scriptures, Jesus’ emphasis about the ending of the age was related to the discipling of nations. How has the church succeeded in implementing this command?
Unfortunately, I will say one of the greatest failures of the Church today has been the inability to adhere to this command of the Lord Jesus. He said, go and disciples of nations. Sadly enough, many in the church, then and now, have interpreted it to mean to go and make disciples of individuals. This I believe was not the explicit command, but rather the implicit.
In the battle for the souls of men, Jesus was instructing all believers, especially the Church to use the strategy of winning nations. How do we win nations for Christ? I will like to talk about two approaches: the bottom up and the top down.
The bottom-up approach to soul winning and training is focusing on individuals and trying to win as many as possible in order to force those at the top to accept and make rules according to the beliefs of the majority at the bottom. This has been the approach for the church for many years and I am sad to say it has not been very effective.
The top down approach on the other hand follows the principle of flowing. It is always easier for liquid to flow from higher places to lower grounds than from lower grounds to high places. Thus, when heads of countries, institutions and ministries are won for Christ, it is easier for the rule of Christ to be established.
We can see the top-down approach successfully implemented in most Islamic and Hindu cultures. So I am convinced that what Christ in his first departure from the earth was saying was for the Church to pay attention to the strategy of discipling nations with the top-down approach. This is not to say the bottom up approach doesn’t have its place in the Church. It certainly does and we must endeavor to make it all work to the glory of the Father and the son.
So, let all believers go, and let the Church make disciples of the nations.