We magnify Jesus through preaching, teaching, and healing, leading to life transformation.
A Letter from Pastor Mark
A couple of months ago I was sitting in my living room pondering the question, what is the purpose of the Church? How can the Church love people?
We are living in a time where things are incredibly fast paced and we have more information and options than we have ever had in human history. I read an article some time ago that said the average person in 2020 is exposed to more information in one day than the average person was exposed to in their lifetime 150 years ago. Isn’t that just crazy?!
As exciting as it is to be alive during these times, it can also be very confusing. It is surprisingly easy to lose sight of our purpose. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the Church is immune to this, and if we are not careful, we can quickly lose ourselves in all the noise.
To make matters worse, we have a tendency as people to run even faster when we are lost. Our solution to feeling confused is often to simply run in the wrong direction with more energy and passion.
The good news for us today is that even though times have changed, God’s plan has not. God has a perfect plan of redemption for this fallen world, and the Church is a massive part of that plan. I believe that we have been given a mandate by Christ Himself to do a job in this world, and it is crucial that we do it.
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gives us clarity around our purpose as the Church: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
Jesus’ commandment is clear; we don’t have to debate over it. He says that it is our job to go and make disciples. He has not only given the Church this mandate, but He has also given us the authority to do so.
I have come to realize that if we are not focused, the Church will fail at this mission, not because anyone has the authority to stop us, but because we have become distracted. Bottom line: we have to do the job Jesus has given us to do because no-one else can. No other institution on Earth has the authority to disciple people. Only the Church does. You can find relationships in a bar; you can find entertainment at Disney World; you can receive counseling from a psychologist, but the only institution in the world that carries the God-given authority to disciple people is the Church. Not only does this commandment to disciple people belong to the Church, but I firmly believe it holds the answer to every problem this world can throw at us.
What the world needs is more people that will lay down their lives for their enemies.
What the world needs is more people that will love their neighbors as they love themselves.
What the world needs is more people that will humbly serve one another.
What the world needs is more disciples.
So, how do we disciple people? What do we do? What do we put all our time, effort, and energy into as the Church?
Let’s simply ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” Or perhaps a better question is, “What did Jesus do?”
I believe we find the answer to this question in Matthew 4:23:
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
Jesus spent His time preaching, teaching, and healing.
He did this with authority and conviction. He did not have a marketing team; He was not an events coordinator; He wasn’t the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company. Jesus went around preaching, teaching, and healing, and as He did that, lives were transformed.
I believe the time has come for us to go back to basics and do what we have been called to do. Let’s take on our responsibility of making disciples as we magnify Jesus through preaching, teaching and healing. As Jesus went around preaching the Good News, teaching about the Kingdom of God, and healing all those oppressed by the Devil, lives were transformed.
It is not our job to grow the Church; it is our job to preach, teach, and heal in the name of our Lord Jesus. As we do so, God will be faithful in growing His Church. So it is with absolute joy that I want to declare that our vision here at theCross is simply…
We magnify Jesus through preaching, teaching and healing, leading to life transformation.
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