April 30, 2018
Journey’s mission is to turn people into fully devoted followers of Christ. It’s based on the Great Commission given by Jesus in Matthew 28:18–20. Recently, the Barna Group released the results of a survey indicating that over half of churchgoers are not familiar with the Great Commission. So, here are five things every church-goer should know about it:
1. The commission is to make disciples.
A “disciple” is a student who learns from a mentor or a master teacher—Jesus. Becoming a disciple refers to a deep, ongoing learning process.
2. The directive is “as you go.”
We are to be engaged in the enterprise of disciple-making “wherever we go” and in “whatever we do.”
3. The mandate is communal.
This assignment is given to the group, not just to a single individual. Great Commission work is teamwork with significant individual contribution and overarching group cooperation. No one person fulfills the Great Commission alone, but rather by investing their best gifts in kingdom service. There are no insignificant tasks in working toward this mission.
4. The scope of the mission is world-wide.
Jesus charged the disciples to take the mission of making other disciples to all nations and ethnicities. (see Acts 1:8)
5. Jesus promised to be with the disciples in this work.
Jesus assured his disciples that he would be with them as they engaged in their mission. Jesus told the disciples that even when his physical presence had departed, he would send his Spirit to comfort, teach and strengthen them. And, the Spirit continues to empower and embolden those of us who engage in this mission today.
At its core, Christianity is not the affirmation of a doctrinal formula. Rather, the Christian faith is rooted and grounded in a relational commitment to learn and follow the way of Jesus. Christians believe that the Jesus way of life is the best, most effective, most fulfilling way to live, and we seek to share that.
Eugene Peterson translates the Great Commission simply and succinctly: “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age” (The Message).