This week at our Mid Week church gathering we began the first of four weeks dialoging about our mission as a church to “Make Disciples”. The first of these talks centered around Jesus’ Commission to each and every one of his Followers:
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of lall nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We actually read through the entirety of chapter twenty-eight. Noting that it was Jesus’ resurrection from the dead that established his authority and motivated his mission among his disciples. In appearing before them alive and well, Jesus was validating both his Lordship and Love. He is to be obeyed in everything because he is God and we should want to observe all the asks because he is Good.
In light of what we saw in scripture, and in an effort to live the loyal of love life Jesus has called us to, we gave the following questions to ask of ourselves this week during our times of prayer as well as to discuss with one another as we Live life in Community:
1. How am I currently fueling my affections for Jesus? What things are smothering the fire?
2. Being honest with God, myself and other Christians, what is my desire when it comes to making disciples? What is happening in my mind, heart and emotions when I thing about Jesus command to do so?
3. What excuses are currently keeping me from following Jesus command to “go”? (These are also the very things that keep us from his promised presence and power that we crave.)
4. In addition to prayer, what 1 step could I take this week to love someone toward Jesus’ experiencing his love? Who will I share this week to keep myself accountable and to aid in spurring others on to love and good deeds?
It is our deepest desire that the Holy Spirit would give us a deep heart felt, resurrection fueled desire for Making Disciples. That the risen Lord Jesus would be treated as the King he is and we would be in awe of the work he does, in and among us.
And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. Act 9:31