God’s Purpose & Mission For The Church – Part 4
In Part 1 and Part 2 we studied God’s purpose & mission for the church. Specifically we looked into God’s top priority and passion. And how the church ought to have the same top priority and passion that God has. And we looked into the 1st part of God’s purpose & mission for the church.
In Part 3 of God’s Purpose & Mission For The Church we began to study the 2nd part of the mission. God’s purpose & mission for the church has 2 key parts. Now in Part 4 we will continue to study the 2nd part of God’s purpose & mission for the church.
God’s Purpose & Mission For The Church
Where Should We Do Missions ?
First focus on reaching lost people and making disciples in your local community. And then pray and see if God is leading you or your church to reach out further into the region, or other parts of your country or the world.
“fishers of men” – Reaching out in God’s love to lost people. In your local area and in your circle of influence first. Then as God leads into other regions of your country and/or in the world.
“Go and make disciples of all nations” – Making disciples is the call and command. There are 2 parts of God’s mission – 1st is for all of us to obey Jesus and share the Gospel (be “fishers of men”). We need to reach lost people before we can help to grow and make them into faithful & fruitful disciples. Jesus tells us generally how to do this next…
First, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is symbolic of their dying to self and receiving Christ as their Lord & Savior and living a new life in Him. Baptism is important because Jesus wants them to do it, and it is a public display of their commitment to Christ.
Second, teaching them to obey everything Jesus taught and commanded us. New Christians are like spiritual babies, and need love and encouragement and help to grow spiritually in their walk with Jesus. They are also vulnerable to being led astray and falling away from Jesus. Discipleship is loving them and investing our time and efforts and resources into their lives and into their spiritual growth.
God’s Purpose & Mission Is For Everyone, Not Just Pastors & Missionaries
One key question about making disciples is this. Who in the church is responsible for doing this ? Is it only for the “professionals” like pastors or elders or Bible teachers to do ? Or is it for everyone in the church to participate in, one way or another ?
Not everyone in the church is a pastor, or a Sunday School or Bible teacher, or a small group leader. Yet this command of Jesus, to make disciples, is for all of us, not just the pastors or Bible teachers.
You may not be a pastor, or a Sunday School teacher, or a small group leader. But you can love new believers and other members of the church. You can invite them or bring them to church. And you can encourage them. You can pray for them. And you can invest your time and efforts and even resources in the lives of others, to help them to grow in their faith and walk with Jesus.
God’s Purpose & Mission For The Church
Agape – Selfless, Sacrificial Love
Loving others like Jesus loves them, with “agape” love, means to love them with a sacrificial love. Only Jesus can fill our hearts with His “agape” love, that is willing to sacrifice for the good of others. That is the kind of love churches desperately need these days. Reaching lost people and making disciples is all about love for others. And being willing to sacrifice to reach them and help them to grow and become all that Jesus wants them to be.
There is one other very important part of making disciples that many churches are not doing at all. Or are not doing a good job of. We need to teach new believers, and all members of the church, that Jesus commanded all of us to be “fishers of men“.
We need to teach everyone in the church that we all need to faithfully share God’s love and the Gospel with others. Every follower of Jesus is called and commanded to be “fishers of men” and disciple makers. The church needs to teach & train new believers and all members of the church how to share Christ and the Gospel with others. And how they can participate in God’s purpose & mission for the church of making disciples.
May more and more of us faithfully follow and obey Jesus’ calling and commands to participate in God’s purpose & mission for the church.
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