+ real purpose.
It seems like everywhere you turn, there are people offering their spin on what the Christian life is all about. With all the books, websites, conferences, radio programs, and podcasts, it’s easy for the clarity of the mission to become muddied. The fact is, Jesus gave one command to the church as He was leaving this world: Make disciples.
This command is so clear and so important that it is recorded in each of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and again in the book of Acts. Specifically in Acts 1:8, Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." The rest of the New Testament is a record of the church doing just that. When you step back away from the individual books, it’s easy to see how the church had missions as its one, singular goal.
Revelation 5 gives us the reason why. There we are given a peek into the future reality of people from every “from every tribe and language and people and nation” gathered around the throne of God and worshipping Him forever. That WILL happen. And the way it will happen is by the local church engaging their community and the world with the gospel.
Put simply, we do missions because Jesus said to…because people desperately need the gospel…and because God is infinitely worthy of the worship of all people.