How easy is it to loose site of the big picture… to get distracted with the tactics and strategies over the overall goal and purpose… to make the ‘means’ more important than the ‘ends’? This is the danger our church has faced for centuries as we seek to be both Holy and relevant. But as long as we keep coming back to the mission at hand, refocusing our efforts towards the original marching orders… we should be able to stay on task.
The original (and only) marching orders we have received from Christ was this. “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[b] 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.”” (Matt 28:18-20) This is our primary directive.
Paul understood about starting with the real goal and working backwards. He knew it wasn’t about the program or the show, it was about making disciples. But how does that happen? If it’s true that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom 10:13), then our prime directive is to insure that more people call on His name.
Paul works backwards from this goal to emphasis what really matters. “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” (Rom 10:14-15) Jesus ‘sent’ us when He said ‘Go therefore and make disciples’.
Programming is important. Music style and lighting plays a part. Groups, ministries, etc… they are all part of the mix. But if we forget the prime directive is to make disciples… and in order to do that we are to ‘go’… then all the ministry programming in the world will be irrelevant.
Go. Share His name with others. Tell and show them His grace. Demonstrate His forgiveness in your life. Life out the gospel in this world where you are a foreigner. Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary… use words.
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