Today is the final day of this 21-day devotional. We exist to Disciple for God’s Great Commission. We do this by going, baptizing, and teaching for transformation. We also desire to present everyone mature in Christ. We seek to engage the lostness right here in Northeastern Colorado.
As a church, we are not satisfied with just making disciples in Northeast Colorado, but we are commanded to make disciples of all nations of the world. Our vision is global, because God’s vision is global.
Read Matthew 28:19-20
Notice that according to the Great Commission we are to make disciples of all nations. Not just here in our own backyard in Sterling. But as a Great Commission church we are to be engaged all over the globe. Whether that be in India, Russia, Nicaragua, or any other places with unreached people groups.
We have to have a “both/and” strategy. We need to be an Acts 1:8 type of church.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We cannot be content or satisfied with a very myopic and limited view of missions and disciple-making. We need to have strategies as a church that hit Jerusalem. What are we doing right here in Sterling to impact our community? How are we engaging lostness here and making disciples?
But also, how are we impacting the state of Colorado? The United States? Canada? The ends of the earth?
Our mandate as a Great Commission church is to make disciples of all nations.
Are you praying for our missionary partners in Russia, India, and South Asia? Maybe God is calling you to go on one of our next overseas trips!
The final critical issue in relation to being a Great Commission church is this: As a church, we can be successful the way God defines success because of the authority and the presence of our Lord Christ!
This gives me great confidence because when I look at the task before us it is daunting. Making disciples of all the nations of the world!!! Engaging a lost culture with the gospel!! I faint just thinking about it. And the beauty of being a Great Commission church is that Christ promises His authority and His presence so that we are not alone. It is by His grace and power that we can accomplish this.
Notice in Matthew 28:18 that Jesus tells us that all authority has been given to Him. By virtue of the gospel—His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus has been endowed with ultimate authority and sovereignty. So as we engage culture, make disciples, and become a Great Commission church, we go, preach, teach, engage, share, love, invest, and pray in the authority of Jesus. He is our Commander in Chief and we submit to Him.
But not only does Christ promise His authority but His very presence. In verse 20, he promises to be with us always to the end of the age.
He is with us. He goes before us. He undergirds us. He sent His Spirit to indwell and empower us. He is with us. Always.
In order for us to be a Great Commission church, it requires that you become a Great Commission Christian.
Let me ask you some questions:
- Will you see your mandate to make disciples?
- Are you growing yourself as a disciple?
- Are you burdened by the idolatry that you see around and you want to rescue these POW’s?
- Are you overcome with compassion for the lost?
- Are you willing to engage this lostness through building bridges, and being salt and light and sharing the gospel?
- Are you living in the confidence that the authority and the presence of Jesus goes before you and that He will be with you always, even to the end of the age?
John 17:18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
Jesus has sent us into the world to engage lostness with the gospel. Let us pray that we will be intentional, loving, compassionate, and clear as we communicate the good news of His death, burial, and resurrection to a lost and dying world.
Let’s review our mission statement as Emmanuel: We exist to (1) display God’s glory, (2) declare God’s gospel, and (3) disciple for God’s Great Commission.
Would you wholeheartedly embrace this mission in your personal life as well as your involvement with Emmanuel?
This 21-day journey has been about refocusing on our mission as a church. And we can accomplish this mission with our without a physical building. But God in His providence has led us to build our current building as a tool for ministry.
In order to be faithful for the future, would you prayerfully consider committing financially above your tithe for the next 2 years to pay down the debt?
More importantly, would you continue to embrace God’s biblical mission for our church as we display God’s glory, declare God’s gospel, and disciple for God’s Great Commission.
Spend some time in prayer asking for wisdom from the Lord to give you direction about how you will move forward in obedience to Him.