We are a community of faith seeking to know Christ and make Him known in all we say and do.
One of my favorite passages in the New Testament comes from Matthew
28:18-20. It is Jesus’ final earthly word with his disciples. They had
experienced him risen on several occasions. I suspect now that his
resurrection had confirmed many of their suspicions about his authenticity
and if so perhaps the things he taught them and shared with them were no
doubt burning in their hearts and minds more so than ever. Can you
imagine then what these words must have done to them?
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. GO therefore
and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit.”
I wish these words still transformed contemporary disciples as much as
they shaped those original twelve. Those original twelve did what he
commanded them…..they left everything and ventured out into the world
and in so doing transformed the world. All around us churches are dying
in part because these parting words….. these parting commandments……
no longer hold much water for us. If ever a world needed transforming
this one does. So what are you doing by way of GOING out and making
disciples of all nations? The future of this church depends on us GOING
out. Future deliberations by the Session as how to GO out and make
disciples will soon begin. Pray for the leaders of this church. May God
bless your GOING out as well as your coming in. In the meantime, grace
and peace to you all.