"His concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with men whom the multitudes would follow."
I have been captivated by that line over and over again.
The first time I read Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman was in the summer of 2000, when one of my mentors suggested I read it. I had seen in Scripture, Jesus's call to "Go and make disciples...." and I was attempting to obey, but, as with most things, when you first start, I didn't have much of a clue what I was doing.
Yet when I read these words of Coleman, clarity burst forth in my heart and mind, and I found my calling in life- to be a part of Jesus's mission of making disciples.
I realized that this was a calling I could live out regardless of what season of life I was in, or what my profession happened to be at that point. This was a way that God could use me for His glory and purposes anywhere, at any time, in any place.
As I made my way through the rest of this life-changing book that summer, God used Coleman's words to help me see Jesus's passion, mission and method of discipleship, and this book served as a much needed trellis to the vine of calling that God had birthed in my heart.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
"One cannot transform a world except as individuals in the world are transformed, and individuals cannot be changed except as they are molded in the hands of the Master."
"Everything that is done with the few is for the salvation of the multitudes."
"Knowledge was gained by association before it was understood by explanation."
"Preaching to the masses, although necessary, will never suffice in the work of preparing leaders for evangelism. Nor can occasional prayer meetings and training classes for Christian workers do this job. Building men and women is not that easy. It requires constant personal attention, much like a father gives to his children. This is something that no organization or class can ever do. Children are not raised by proxy. The example of Jesus would teach us that it can be done only by persons staying close to those whom they seek to lead."
If you are hungering to be a part of Jesus's mission, I would highly recommend reading this book. If you are looking for people to live out this calling with, let us know, we would love to help you.