The necessary prerequisite to making disciples...
Matthew ends his twenty-eight chapter Gospel in dramatic fashion. He quotes the resurrected Jesus giving a last command and a last promise. His last promise? "I am with you always." His last command? "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, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you." I think you would agree that a command by someone who rose from the dead carries a lot of authority. In fact, Jesus said ALL authority was his. Therefore we call these words the GREAT COMMISSION.
In light of the words of Christ, GOING is a necessary prerequisite to making disciples of all nations. In an intentional effort to obey the last command of Christ I have begun introducing to you the “Going Challenge.” This Going Challenge takes us to our community, our nation and our world. It involves prayer and evangelism, loving our community with new ministries, maximizing our property for ministry by adding new space, church revitalization, church planting, engaging unengaged people groups, and funding these GOING efforts.
As stated this past week this GOING requires faith. We love reading in Acts how the church grew and the Kingdom of God advanced. We long to see that again. However, remember that New Testament fruit requires New Testament faith.
Between now and the first Sunday of May I will be walking us through the details of the Going Challenge. There will be lots of explanation of where we are going and why we are going. There will ALSO be several big asks for your involvement. I will be asking you to join me in 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. I will be asking you to consider how God would have you be involved in each of the facets of the Going Challenge. Finally, I will be asking you to commit to sacrificially giving over and above our regular giving to fund the Going Challenge vision.
In some ways this challenge is new. In so many ways though the challenge is a continuation of a church that started going 10 years ago with our Generations emphasis and a continuation of going when WFBC started in 1880. Ultimately it's a continuation of the work of the Apostles who started going almost 2000 years ago soon after Jesus said "GO".
I'm excited about GOING! I hope and pray you will go with me.