"As you are going into the world make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all that I have said to you, and I will always be with you.” (Matthew 28:18-19).
A VISION FOR WORSHIPING GOD
A VISION FOR TEACHING THE WORD
A VISION FOR WITNESSING TO THE COMMUNITY
Larry Harper, D. Min.
It should be noted that this “Great Commission” was given after the disciples worshipped Jesus. The text says, “When they saw him they fell down and worshipped him.” Worshipping God in Christ is a primary privilege and function of the Christian Church. Worship is vital for the spiritual growth and expression of the believer.
Also, within this commission there is the emphasis of making “disciples” and “teaching” obedience to the Lord. The proclamation of the Word of God finds expression in our worship, but we also seek to teach the Word in our various groups of adults, youth, and children.
The phrase, “as you are going” is Christ’s anticipation of his Church. His followers by their living are to bear fruit by magnifying the good news to “all nations.” Our witness includes mission initiatives as well as our personal story of Christ’s love and forgiveness and how his presence affects our living.
This is the mission of the worshipping church: to make disciples, teaching the words of Christ and witnessing the grace of God in Christ so that those who hear us will have the opportunity to choose to be forgiven and to become a child of God.