People who are on mission, who are maturing disciples of Christ, will know the Word, which leads them to grow in the Word, and results in showing the Word. If we stop here, however, we do not get the complete picture. To be on mission requires more than just knowing, growing, and showing. It must include going. Thus, the fourth mark of a maturing disciple is that they go with the Word. You cannot leave this aspect out and assume all is well. You must go.
If you still need convincing, consider Matthew 28:18-20. It is here that we read the words of Jesus after His resurrection, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
From this passage, it is clear God’s call is for us to make disciples. Disciples cannot be made in isolation. Disciples cannot be discipled by people who just sit around. Disciples must go if they are going to produce more disciples. There must be multiplication. This means sharing the gospel as a witness in evangelism as well as being involved in missions. Both are crucial in understanding what it looks like to go with the Word.
Going with the Word first and foremost starts with sharing the gospel. When one shows the Word and is a living example for Christ, then they have laid the foundation for sharing the Word. Making disciples begins with presenting the gospel and sharing with others the hope they can have in Christ. Actually, 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” Peter reminds us that we must always be ready for the opportunity to share our faith with those who have not come to Christ yet. We must point people to Christ as our hope. He is the reason why we can go on in life when we lose a loved one. He is the reason we can have joy even when things cannot go our way. Without Christ and without the gospel of the grace of God, we have no hope. We have to be bold and we have to go and share with others what hope we have.
We would be remiss if we failed to include missions in this regard of going with the Word. As a matter of fact, Jesus did command us to make disciples “of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Christ did not come to die for just one people group. He came to die for all people groups. Therefore, we must be concerned about going and reaching all people groups with the gospel, United States and abroad. When we have this as our desire, then we will want to give our resources to missions, pray for the world in missions, and go to the world to reach them with the Word so that they may know, grow, and show.
For resources on praying for the world, see http://www.joshuaproject.net and http://www.operationworld.org.