WHY FOCUS ON MAKING READY PEOPLE FOR THE LORD? IT IS OUR PURPOSE!
The Great Commission
Jesus gave the church a great commission…to preach the gospel to every creature! “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”(Matthew 28:19-20)
It is recorded at least five times in the New Testament and each time a promise accompanies it:
Matthew 28:19-20 – The Promise of His Presence
Mark 16:15 – The Promise of His Protection
Luke 24:46-49 – The Promise of His Program
John 20:21 – The Promise of His Peace
Acts 1:18 – The Promise of His Power
The Great Commission is great because of its magnitude, message, meaning, motive, and miracle. The Great Commission can be summarized with seven words: MAKE DISCIPLES OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. This includes a personal conversion (Belief), a public confession (Baptism), and a progressive conformation (Behavior).
The church is supposed to be a “soul-saving station”. The church is not a museum to display religious relics, but rather a hospital where sick people get healed, to help bring lost souls to safety. Jesus prayed we would be unified so that we could convince a lost world that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of the living God. We are unified to win souls to Jesus!
John 17:21 “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”