THE MAIN POINT
The Church does not have a mission, God’s mission has a Church.
Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 6:10-11
Disciples are called to make disciples, but often this call leaves us in a place where we feel inadequate or confused, or ill-equipped. Sometimes we may think that making disciples feels like a task, meaning people become projects and we become project managers. If we find ourselves thinking or acting like this, we will forget that every human being is dearly loved by God, made in his image, whom God wants to make new. Sharing Jesus becomes a job that we end up hating and eventually not doing.
The reality from scripture and the story of Jesus is that the Church does not have a mission, but rather God’s mission has a Church. So what is God’s mission? GOD WANTS TO RENEW ALL THINGS. Jesus describes this as “life in its fullest.” (John 10:10). Look below to see God’s framework for mission throughout scripture:
- Mission comes from the heart of God (Gen 1:28)
- God searches for those who wander away (Gen 3)
- God sent others in this search (Abraham Gen 12, Jonah, Prophets)
- Jesus preached about searching for what was lost (Luke 15)
- Jesus invites and sends the disciples on mission (Matthew 28)
- Jesus empowers the church to be his witnesses (Acts, 1&2)
Sharing Jesus and making disciples is not about treating people like projects, but by treating people as God treats them, WITH LOVE. As we do this we are empowered by the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
As you prepare the core of the message using personal story and questions keep in mind these points:
- The call of every disciple is to make disciples. This means being able to share Jesus with those we know and love.
- Sharing Jesus means knowing our own story within God’s big story of making all things new.
- Sharing Jesus means knowing God’s heart and having love for one another.
- Once someone has given their life to Jesus, part of discipleship is teaching obedience to Jesus.
As you prepare the application, challenge and/or encouragement, keep in mind these points:
- Who can be one person that your listeners can pray for and show Jesus love this week?
- If that relationship leads to faith conversations, are they prepared?
- If that person wants a relationship with God, can they journey with them?