Matthew 28:16-20 (New International Version, ©2010)
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 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.”
The church must never forget that it has a commission. It isn’t just to have weekly services and to do church; it’s to make disciples of the world. Wow, what a mission statement. As the church, our vision is never too large. Jesus gave us the world. Sometimes we minimize this commission. We summarize it as “getting folks saved.” But the mission is much greater. We are to take people further to complete obedience and discipleship.
Obviously we can’t make disciples who practice complete obedience unless we are obedient disciples.
How are we doing church?
Not very well I’m afraid.
Maybe we need to try harder.