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March 8, 2010

Interview on KFUO This Evening

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

This evening at 6:30pm, I will be interviewed by Roland Lettner, host of “Studio A” on the Missouri Synod’s radio ministry KFUO-AM. The topic — why do we make disciples?

This is a fabulous issue, especially in light of the slowly dwindling membership of our Synodical body and of all mainline Christian denominations.

Of course, the most important reason we go out and make disciples is because that’s what Jesus tells us to do! In Matthew 28, right before ascending to heaven, Jesus lovingly instructs His disciples that their one mission was to go and baptize all nations in the name of the Triune God.

And that mission to “Go and baptize all nations,” was not just a temporary instruction to a group of 11 people. It was a most faithful and incredibly powerful expression of the love of God that all believers are to take part in always! In baptism, the Holy Spirit opens a heart and mind to believe, trust, and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, that alone in this faith salvation is yours.

What a great and powerful feeling it is to know that by telling the Gospel to someone, they, too, can become faithful members of the family of God! By the power of the Holy Spirit and through the expression of the Gospel in your life, God works miracles by building faith in the hearts of unbelievers.

Yet, our mission to make disciples is not just to those who don’t have faith. It is a mission to enliven the faith of those who have “let it slide.” How many people do you know consider regular church attendance to be Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve? Or what about those who have, for one reason or another, think that church is not important since they already believe and don’t need to sit in a church on Sunday morning singing dirges and listening to a pastor drone on for 20 minutes?

The mission heart of the Christian is to make disciples and to reach out to those who are disciples but have let their discipleship slide. It is a daily act of a loving church by all members no matter their age, no matter their lots in life.

It should be a fun interview.

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