Dear Church Family,
We have been examining Jesus’ vision for the church found in the Great Commission. Today we are focusing on the command to make disciples.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go thereforeand make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV emphasis mine)
What is a disciple? A personal follower of Jesus. In the gospels we find 12 main disciples of Jesus called the apostles, along with many other disciples. All disciples share certain traits. They respond to Jesus’ call to follow Him, they spend time listening to Jesus’ teachings, they ask Jesus for healing and forgiveness, and they lead others to Jesus.
Many who initially followed Jesus ultimately rejected him because they could not accept his teaching. Most of the Jews in Jerusalem who wanted to crown Jesus as King on Palm Sunday called for Jesus’ crucifixion one week later! The rich young ruler wanted the salvation Jesus offered, but was unwilling to make the sacrifice. Those who would follow Jesus Christ must live lives of absolute surrender, they must take up their crosses and follow Jesus (Matt. 16:24-26).
The church is called to make disciples who devote their lives to following Jesus Christ. That is our aim here at Faith Presbyterian Church. May God bless us as we strive to obey this Great Commission!