Contagious Disciple Making by David L Watson & Paul D Watson
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This book outlines David’s and Paul’s work for the Lord. He called it church planting at first, then changed it to disciple making. We get a small glimpse of what these men and others went through to reach the lost in all countries, including those countries that had already expelled missionaries from their midst. It is no easy task, but David and Paul, led by the Lord, is accomplishing great things. The work is slow, taking years, but this is understandable. People can be saved in the twinkling of an eye, but this is just the beginning of a life that should be devoted to serving the Lord, learning all about God and what He expects from His children, and prayer that is participated in by the pray-er and the Lord.
Stories like this one inspire me to do more than what I am already doing. And it should. Facing great odds, overcoming opposition, sometimes living in secret to be able to work in certain places, bringing Jesus to those who perhaps have never heard of Him—We must hold up David and Paul and their helpers in prayer daily so they will gain and keep the strength to work under this type of stress. I particularly like his statement made on page 4 which says “He [meaning God] also taught me that I needed to teach these disciples to obey the commands of Jesus, not my church/denominational doctrines or traditions.” Too many witnesses for Christ have chased away the lost by pushing their doctrines and churches. The Bible tells us clearly that it is the Scriptures that convicts the lost, showing them they are lost and what to do about it.
Only one thing I haven’t agreed with…David states that the great commission Jesus gave to his disciples says “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20) I use the Authorized King James Version of the Bible which has been around ages longer than any of these newer versions and my Bible, Matthew 28:19-20, KJV, says this “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” By the way, the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost is Jesus.
I know this sounds like nit-picking, but I don’t mean it to be. Jesus, while he preached to great multitudes and healed multitudes of people, only had 12 disciples. He did not make disciples of everyone he taught. Now, perhaps it takes this title DISCIPLE MAKING to actually get the lost interested in Jesus. So be it. I have no complaints about saving souls. My complaints revolve around twisting the Scriptures to suit oneself. I always feel the need to urge the reader to open his/her own Bible when beginning to read any book that is inspirational, religious and/or connected to Christianity. A good practice is to look up each Scripture the book uses to compare it with the Bible.