Why does the church exist? What’s the big idea?
Do we exist to have the best ministries? Or maybe be the biggest church in our city? Do we exist to have the most beautiful and cleanest space to host guests and visitors? It can be a tough question to answer.
The good news is that Jesus gave us a clear answer.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Jesus, speaking with authority from God, cuts straight to the point. Go and make disciples of all the nations. Jesus tells his disciples to do the same thing he had done with them – to find someone, bring them alongside you in relationship, and teach them how to follow Jesus.
Sometimes we can get wrapped up in all the potential things the church is supposed to be doing. Jesus simplified it for us. Make God accessible to the people around us, invite them into a relationship with him, and help them follow him.
No matter where we are at in our walk of faith, there will always be somebody further along in their journey than us. There will also always be someone further behind in their faith journey. Who’s around you right now that you could disciple or ask to disciple you? We all need one, and we all need to be one!