Supporting Missions Is Being Obedient To Our Call
“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.”
This week I’m blogging on missions, and why it’s important. You can read the first three posts here:
Part 1: Jesus – The First Missionary
Part 3: We Can’t Leave It Up To “Them”
The last words that Christ spoke before He ascended to heaven was that we, the church universal, should go and carry His Word to the world. In this call were three distinct aspects of the model that we as a church follow to this day.
Notice Jesus didn’t say “sit,” He said GO. Brothers and sisters, this is an action word. It’s a word that describes forward momentum.
It’s a word without boundaries, in that we are called to go into our neighborhood, our town, our city, our state, our country, and lastly to all nations.
“Make Disciples… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”
Telling people about Jesus is just the opening line of what should be a life-long relationship. Our responsibility doesn’t end when someone accepts Christ, it’s just beginning!
Making disciples means teaching new believers about Christ, helping them become grounded in the word of God, helping them understand their new position in Christ, and helping them find their own personal calling.
This is why our church has an intentional focus on discipleship, because we believe its the only way to help those who’ve chosen Christ to grow in their faith.
“baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
Baptism is important, and we hold it so at our church. It is a public testimony of our new life in Christ. It says to everyone who is watching, “I’ve decided to follow Christ!”
So to wrap up our week of focusing on missions, I’ll say this:
Missions isn’t just a program at our church, it’s a calling that we take seriously. It’s a calling that we have decided to be intention about fulfilling.
And one day, when we all stand in the presence of God, our joy will be complete, as we will be in eternal fellowship with those who heard the gospel message as a result of the missions call of the universal church.
We can change the world, one life at a time…