When we mention the mission of the church, these ideas are what come to many people’s minds: to serve our neighbor, to respond to human need, to transform unjust structures of society, to care for the integrity of creation, to feed the hungry, to protect the weak, to welcome the stranger, to defend the powerless, to be active in the political arena, to heal the sick. And if we have some time left over we will proclaim the Gospel and nurture the disciples.
6 – The Church Has a Specific Mission
The widespread focus of today’s church is diluting the real mission of the church. The church is getting involved in so many fronts and activities that we do not know anymore what we are supposed to do as disciples of Christ. I am not saying that those things mentioned above are wrong or bad. They just take the time and energy from the church to fulfill her true mission. We end up doing many things and accomplishing almost nothing.
I believe that this was the reason that Jesus gave just a few simple missions to His disciples. The simple mission of the church in the beginning were these: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.” and “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Mark 16:15.” and “He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. Luke 24:46-48.”
The list that Jesus gave to His first disciples was short and specific, not because the world was doing good, lacking any social struggles, or politically everything was just and fair. No, the things were bad, really bad. Jesus gave the disciples a short list for a reason, to keep it simple, so the disciples would remember, and to keep focus in the heart of the people. Jesus wanted them and us to know that if the hearts of the people are changed, the world will be changed.
It is because of this that the Scriptures mention the power of the Gospel. This is what the apostle Paul wrote to the Romans: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 1:16.” For Paul, the Gospel is the power of God. The Gospel is the most effective instrument of transformation because it will transform a person from inside out. People who are affected by the power of the Gospel will have their relationship with God restored. They also will have their relationship with other people changed.
The Gospel will alter personal lives, family, community, and so on. If we really share the Gospel, the real one, and people commit themselves to a life of disciple, our world will be impacted in the same way it was with the first Christians.
So, my challenge for you brother and sister is to be acquainted with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, let it transform you in a real disciple and become a witness of that wonderful message to everyone around you.
Have a blessed week,