The Mission of the Church
The last sermon in our Matthew Series
16 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 all 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.”
Here we end with five short verses, but five of the most powerful and purposeful verses in the Gospel of Matthew. Here we have our purpose in life as people and as a church, and we also have our authority for why would do such a thing. Many people view evangelism and the mission of God as the biggest problem in the world, and no doubt the “Church” has used the “Mission” in horrible, militant ways; but what does Jesus really tell us to do? Is this mission connected to a ‘Manifest Destiny,” or Pax Romana?” Or is this mission one to raise up His name, and bare witness to the love of God through the death, burial and resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ. What we see in our passage is that first, Jesus is worshipped once again, and once again, He does not stop them from worshipping Him, which either means He is a megalomaniac, or the Lord of the universe and the only one deserving of worship. Next, we can be astonished that after all that people have seen Him do in those past 3 days, some still doubted Him, showing that belief in God is not just based on empirical evidence, but on a heart that can be deceived no matter how much information you have received. Then we see that we can do what God has called us to do, because all authority, which has been given to Jesus, has been given to the church. And it’s that church seen in Matthew 16 and the message of the Gospel of Jesus that the gates of Hell could not prevail against it. Then we see our clear marching orders to GO into the whole world and “Make Disciples of All nations.” That’s what the church does, and the church is commissioned to do that by baptizing new believers who have responded to the gospel preached, and then teach them all that the disciples have heard and written about in the pages of the NT. What a privilege we have, yet so often we have turned Church into something it was never meant to be. It is not a safe haven to get a few good tips for a better life, or a social club where like-minded people get together. It’s a created body of people that God brings together via His own Holy Spirit, to accomplish His work that He has begun. I pray that we at Anchor become a church (Community of Believers) that see ourselves as missionaries wherever God has placed us! Sola Dei Gloria!!
- What are some of the reasons the church fails to be the missionaries God has intended us to be?
- How has the church abused and misused this idea of being on Mission in the past?
- How can we avoid doing the same thing?
- What are some things that personally keeping you and your family from being on mission with God?
- What are some things that you have done to be on mission with God?