Let’s Get to It!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
This Sunday, we will wrap up our intensive look at Next Steps. We’ve seen together how vital corporate worship is to the believer, and to the Kingdom. We looked at the critical importance of meeting together in smaller communities within the family – C Groups. It’s here that we grow friendships, study God’s Word deeper, and learn to “do life” together. From this group, we go even deeper as we narrow our focus into D Groups – discipleships groups where, as four, or five, or six, we really get into the meat of God’s Word and how we should apply our faith, both in the church and outside. But, we learn together, we grow together, we study together, we are accountable to each other, and we really grasp what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ – one who grows in the likeness of our Savior.
But, really, what’s all this for? If we’re just going to huddle up and never run a play, what’s it all been for? That’s the subject of our final Step – Replication. It’s here that we apply the Gospel that has transformed our lives to a hurting, searching world. We must evangelize so we can disciple. That’s what we will look at in depth on Sunday – so join us!
I read somewhere that there is one thing that believers and non-believer have in common: they are both uptight about evangelism. And, this will be the hardest lesson for so many of us. It’s relatively easy to come to church. It’s even not to anxiety-inducing to get together with friends and neighbors in small groups. But, to share our faith – to witness – to put ourselves “out there” and face criticism, or even scorn? Well, that’s a completely different thing!
It might seem scary, but, it’s our mission! It is not God’s desire that anyone should perish, but that all should come to eternal life. And, He has chosen us as His message-bearers, to bring the Gospel to those who face an eternity separated from Him without it. But, we have a message of joy to bring! C. S. Lewis once said, “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” And, it is for us to take what we’ve learned and share it. We must go, so that others will come to Christ. We must teach, so that others will grow in the likeness of Jesus. And, then, they, too, will go – to start the process all over again. This is God’s brilliant plan – and it takes all of us.
Look, God could reach people without us, but He has instead chosen to work through us. And, He uses the most unlikely candidates to rest the mission on – US! You are the person God is looking for. So, let’s get to it!