Thursday, January 27, 2011

Making a Difference - Part One

Something that our people here often is that our mission is to make disciples who make a difference for the glory of God. You could call that our mission statement here at New Beginnings. It's certainly biblical. The Lord gave his disciples (and we are his disciples!) their "marching orders" when he said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus clearly identifies the work of making disciples as an essential, urgent task for his followers.

An important question for us becomes this: How are we doing in this area of making disciples? And further, what kind of disciples are we making? You see, there are many churches that are growing in their numbers of attendees or participants, but are they producing disciples? Some churches are very "programmed" and keep their people busy, but are they equipping and releasing their people for their calling as witnesses of Christ? These are important questions. A true disciple of Jesus Christ is one who is growing in their relationship with God. This growth is marked by loving devotion to God and willing obedience to what God commands. A disciple is one who daily discovers more about who God is, who they are in Christ; and one who faithfully seeks to introduce others to God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus said that the world would identify his followers by the love they displayed (John 13:35). [Notice that he didn't say "By how many Bible studies or church services you attend.] Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey what I command" (John 14:15). Are we working with God's Spirit to produce people who love and obey the Lord? How can we improve in this vital area and purpose as a church?

Check back in few days to read more about our mission of making disciples.

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