N3C Mission – Disciples Making Disciples, Spiritual Health and Community, Celebration
Matthew 28:18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.
· Jesus has been given all authority having defeated death and the grave through the cross.
· Authority = Power of whose will and command must be submitted to, governments and peoples
· In all of existence, the spiritual realm where God abides, the earthly realm where man abides.
· The authority is Christ’s, not ours. We walk in it.
Matthew 28:19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
· Jesus commissions us to go and make disciples.
· Make disciplesis a cyclical term meaning.. be a disciple, make a disciple who then is a disciple and makes a disciple
· Make = teach, instruct, walk with, share
Matthew 28:20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
· Once they are Christ followers, teach the new disciples to..
Obey = observe through application.
Teach by demonstration within our life
· In following His commands, He is with us always, unrelenting and never ending.
· Commands (enjoin, instruct) = Repent and Believe, Baptize new believers, pray, love your neighbor and enemy, remember through communion, Give joyfully, make disciples
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
1 Thessalonians 2:6-8 Even though we had some standing as Christ’s apostles, we never threw our weight around or tried to come across as important, with you or anyone else. We weren’t aloof with you. We took you just as you were. We were never patronizing, never condescending, but we cared for you the way a mother cares for her children. We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did. (msg)
· We grow and experience Christ more fully and in reality when we share our faith.
What are we offering?
Mission to community
Galatians 2:15-16 We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over “non-Jewish sinners.” We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it—and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good.
Galatians 2:17-18 Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.
Galatians 2:19-21 What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ.
My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.
· Facilitate bible engagement and fellowship
· With people of peace, reaching out to unchurched
· Where? Home, coffee shop, work, school, park, beach, etc..