God is a
From beginning to end
He wants to us
We must live lives
Because from beginning to end
Reading through the New Testament, it’s not surprising to read that Jesus’s followers were focused on making disciples—it makes sense in light of Jesus’s ministry and the Great Commission. The surprise comes when we look at our churches today in light of Jesus’s command to make disciples. Why is it that we see so little disciple making taking place in the church today? Do we really believe that Jesus told His early followers to make disciples but wants the twenty-first-century church to do something different? None of us would claim to believe this, but somehow we have created a church culture where the paid ministers do the “ministry,” and the rest of us show up, put some money in the plate, and leave feeling inspired or “fed.” We have moved so far away from Jesus’s command that many Christians don’t have a frame of reference for what disciple making looks like.- Francis Chan – Mulitply
The mission of the church
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
The call of the Church is to continue
True disciples of Christ
Totally convinced that God had entrusted to his care these very Twelve, Jesus embarked on their training with confidence, single-minded determination and a clear strategy. The key principle of Jesus’ approach is intimated in Mark’s statement that Jesus selected the Twelve “that they might be with him” (v. 14). Over the next twenty months, Jesus provided his newly appointed disciples constantly and consistently with opportunities to share in his life and ministry. Together with Jesus they walked and talked, ate and drank, worked and rested; they accompanied him to the synagogue, the Temple, into the fields and onto the Sea of Galilee, to villages and to Jerusalem; they were with him at a wedding and a funeral, when he visited friends and sick people, when he dealt with multitudes and individuals, women and children, religious leaders and outcasts, Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor; they heard him pray, preach and teach; they saw him heal and deliver; they experienced Jesus in public and in private, as joyful and saddened, thirsty and tired. To put it in another way, Jesus opened up to them countless occasions to move with him in consociation. Gunter Krallman – Mentoring for Missions
Two Important Reminders
The mission is for
We must possess
- Where has God called and placed me?
- Who has God uniquely placed in my life so that I would disciple them?
- How can I begin to pray earnestly and desperately for the Church to be sent?