On an earlier blog I said that cell multiplication is simply the context in which a disciple is formed, and that the true goal of cell multiplication is to make disciples who make disciples.
I just got back on Tuesday from a week-long cell ministry trip to Cordoba, Argentina. I spoke in Spanish throughout the day to the 300 participants in this cell/mission conference. In the evening, Pablo Deiros, a well-known Argentinian pastor and scholar, preached on missions. I really liked the way that Marcelo Abel, the main organizer, tied cell and missions together.
Cell and missions, in fact, are natural partners. Both are committed to making disciples who make disciples. Jesus said, “. . . go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Notice the phrase “all nations.” We know that cell ministry is perfectly suited for making disciples who make disciples. Yet, a true disciple of Jesus Christ should ALSO have his or her eyes fixed on the nations. A true disciple will always be missionary oriented.
Some cell churches have done an excellent job of connecting missions with disipleship. Take Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas. This cell church breathes Christ’s passion for the nations and is well-known for starting cell churches all over the world. Their web site proclaims what they’re all about: “A Passion for Jesus and His Purposes in the Earth.” The Hong Kong Cell Church and Missions network is another great example on connecting cells and missions.
If we’re committed to making disciples that make disciples through cell church ministry, let’s make sure that the disciples we produce also have a vision for the nations.