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Mission: What, Where and How, Part 3

go_by_sethtothebrown-d4hsqyzLet’s start with a brief recap of the previous two posts.

Our mission as followers of Christ is simply to be disciples who make disciples all for the glory of God. And we do this wherever God has placed us, whether its work, school, our neighborhood, etc. That’s it in a nutshell.

Seems too simple right? But once we have the confusion over mission and context cleared up then what? How do we actually go about making disciples once we’ve taken a fresh look at our context? How do we live it out?

Mission Part 2 – Closing the Gap

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Being a Christian, a disciple, is simply following Christ.

If you have ever taken a road trip involving multiple vehicles, you know what it means to follow.  On the long straight-aways of open highway, in broad daylight, you can feel a little freer to slow down, to go at your own pace.  But, it only takes a few curves, the setting of the sun, or hitting rush hour traffic for everybody to quickly close the gap on the leader.  There is typically panic in the car until we are once again riding the bumper of the lead vehicle.

Following requires proximity.

The Gift of Mission Part 1

On a mountain top in the Galilean countryside, Jesus gathered his small rag-tag group of followers for one of the last times on this earth.  He had spent the previous three years pouring into them.  He taught them to pray.  He taught them grace.  He taught them forgiveness.

Now in His last moments, instead of teaching, He is giving.

He gives His disciples a gift.  It’s a gift for them and everyone who will eventually follow in their steps.  He prefaces the gift by reminding us that He has all authority and He is summoning that authority to give us the greatest gift He could give – Mission.

Matthew 28:18-19  Then Jesus came to them and 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.”

You have a mission.  I have a mission.  That mission is the Father’s mission, which we now share.  What is the mission? It is making disciples.