We know clearly from Scripture that our mission as believers in Jesus is to create more disciples of Jesus. This is how we show our love for God and people. When we share the gospel, we are proving our love for Christ, and we are showing our love for people. In other words, we bring God glory by telling God’s story.
This is our mission—to tell God’s story of salvation and urge people to believe. How can you be involved? Here are some ways you can help locally and globally.
How can you be involved in making disciples (telling God’s story) here locally? Well, we have several opportunities.
1. Invite people to a worship service or Bible study class. People do not just come on their own initiative much; they need prompting. They also may need help in coming. Offer a ride. Wait for them at the door and walk in with them. Introduce them to other people once they’re here. Make the transition easy for them.
2. Love them in practical ways. It’s difficult for someone to listen to the gospel while their stomach rumbles from hunger. Take it upon yourself to meet their physical needs all the while you tell them of the One who can meet their spiritual needs.
3. Serve at church outreach functions. Our annual Fall Festival is coming up this Sunday night from 4-6 p.m. Each year this is an excellent opportunity to meet people from the community that normally do not come to church. What a great time to meet someone new and begin a spiritual conversation with them. (We still need volunteers and candy!)
How can you be involved in making disciples globally? If you already give regularly to FBC, you are involved! A percentage of everything we take in goes to local missions as well as international missions. However, we do have a wonderful opportunity coming up for you to be even more heavily invested financially.
Soon we will be setting our church goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Everything that is given to the LMCO goes directly to support missionaries and mission efforts outside the U.S., where about 95% of the world’s population lives. By giving sacrificially and generously, you can be sure that you are helping to fulfill our mission of making disciples of all the nations.
We find our highest joy in Christ when we are fulfilling His mission for us. This means that we will be most joyful in Christ when we are making disciples of Christ. Ask God how he wants you be make disciples, and then let’s get to it! Our joy and the joy of others is at stake.
The Church’s Mission
What is our mission? This is a question that can turn over and over in the head of someone who is leading a business, corporation, school, institution, or church. Knowing the mission (and communicating it) is key in evaluating whether or not you are fulfilling your mission. In other words, defining the mission is necessary for doing the mission. Otherwise, you will never be able to measure how efficiently your resources and energy are being used.
As we think about what the church’s mission is, let’s consider Scripture. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,” (Matt. 22:37) So, our highest priority is to love God, enjoy Him, take pleasure in knowing Him. Our next priority is a lot like the first. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” (Matt. 22:39). As we love God and enjoy Him, so we also are to love people and enjoy providing for them as we would provide for ourselves.
How do we see this love played out in the church? We make disciples. Jesus gave us instructions for our mission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,” (Matt. 28:19). We love God be making disciples who love Him. We love others by telling them the greatest story ever written—the gospel—the story of God’s love for us. Our mission, then, is this: To love God and love others by making disciples of all people.
The Mission’s Church
How do we do this? Are we left to ourselves to make disciples? Thankfully, no. We are surrounded by other believers on whom we depend and with whom we work in order to fulfill our mission. The church is the tool we have for making disciples.
I read a quote this week that made me think. I’ve looked and looked and can’t find the original in order to give proper attribution, but it is not original with me. It said this:
The church does not have a mission; the mission has a church.
That will recalibrate your perspective. While I’m not sure I agree with the first part totally, I do agree with the second part, which is something that we don’t hear much. There is one mission—to spread the gospel (good news) of Jesus by showing His love. This mission that God has given has a way to make it happen—the church. The church is a conduit through which the mission happens. The resources, manpower, and logistical wisdom all come from the people who are the church.
Your involvement in the church is critical to the advancement of the mission that we’ve been given. Thank you for all that you do in making this church a disciple-making church, and let’s press forward into our mission of loving God and others by making disciples of all people.