Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20
Time goes by so fast! Hard to believe we are in another brand new year. Thank the Lord for His mercy in giving you and I another day to live and serve Him!
The above verses are generally known as “The Great Commission” along with Mark 16:15. Incredibly enough, the all-powerful God has partnered with His followers to deliver the Word of God into this lost world. So the goal is to see people saved, discipled, and in turn, them making new disciples. This is paramount. This goal is #1. And then this cycle is to continue from one generation to the next.
As time goes by, even the most well intentioned Christians, and even whole churches, can lose sight of the main goal. Our lives get crowded. Our vision of the goal becomes cloudy. Some merely achieve good things and unintentionally neglect the best things.
As Christians and as a church we must have a heart that is not divided of affection for God, or distracted from the purposes of God for our lives. With this in mind, my 3 objectives in leading our church this year are as follows:
- Salvation and Worship. The first goal is for people to engage in a close relationship with Jesus. Knowing God truly begins at salvation. Have you been born again? Are you saved? Our Sunday morning services at 11:00 AM will be oriented towards knowing God and learning how to become a Christian. These will be terrific service to bring friends, relatives, and neighbors so they can hear the Gospel.
- Discipleship and Growth is the next area to zero in on. What kind of follower of Jesus are you? Will you participate in our Adult Bible Studies? Small Group Bible study and discussion can cause healthy interaction with the Word with others. The 10:00 AM Adult Bible Studies are a great avenue for spiritual growth and knowing other people along the Christian journey.
- Service and Winning. In what ways will you serve Jesus this year? How will you serve others? I am concerned if we only focus on serving the people we know and like. We need to reach out. We must show the love of Jesus to the people around us. If not, how will this world know of their need for Jesus and His eternal life? I believe every saved and growing christian, must use their spiritual gift and find at least one ministry in which to serve in and through the local church. In addition, no matter what you spiritual gift may be, you are called to be a witness to the lost. Each of us are capable to telling others about the love of God, the forgiveness of our sin (that He paid for on the Cross), and how to be saved. We can hand out tracts, help in evangelism outreaches, and invite people to sit with us at our 11:00 AM church services on Sunday.
The terminology and how these goals are articulated are being reviewed and revised as you read this article. I hope to be able to share very soon a clear path to achieve these 3 goals. With God’s help, these 3 goals will be restated and repeated time and time again.
Will you help? Will you worship the Lord? Will you become a good disciple of Jesus, learning and growing with other believers? And will you make an eternal difference by finding a way to serve with your church while delivering the Gospel to others?
I believe the Lord will do good things as we keep our eyes on serving God in the entirety “His Great Commission.”