What did Jesus mean when He told His followers to make disciples of all the nations? Did that mean that they were to “get them saved” ?
I recall visiting a rural church in the American South several years ago that had a banner stretched across the back wall of the sanctuary behind the pulpit. “Vision 1000!” it read, and I later asked the pastor what it meant. With a puffed chest and a wide smile he declared, “We’re believing for a thousand people to worship God out here in the country!” Based upon the traditional King James translation of Proverbs 29:18, this pastor felt that the Bible demanded that his flock have a tangible, measureable growth goal to work towards – a vision, if you will...
Brian Wright, Ph.D.(c)
Engaging Faith & Society