BCL Grow: The Church's Mission — Matthew 28:18-20
Matthew 28:18-20 (Church)
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:18-20
“Ultimately, if the church does not preach Christ and him crucified, if the church does not plant, nurture, and establish more churches, if the church does not teach the nations to obey Christ, no one else and nothing will.” — Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert, What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, p. 238.
Steps to Take
1. Ask yourself: What are some reasons it could be tempting for churches to focus more on good deeds and social issues and less on preaching/teaching about salvation in Christ alone and the consequences of facing judgment outside of Christ? Why is one appealing and the other offensive at first glance?
2. Remember: Jesus commanded the church to preach the gospel, administer the sacraments, and disciple God’s people.
3. Focus: While Christians should be known for loving their neighbor, upholding justice, and helping those in need, they must never lose sight of what is of even greater importance—the eternal state of people’s souls. May the church remember its primary mission and continue to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and faithfully care for the souls of all believers.
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