QUICK NOTE: I have been given the distinct honor to write an article concerning the Churches mission for Biola University‘s student ran newspaper, the Chimes. The following is the introductory paragraphs of the write-up. I hope you will take the time to read, share your thoughts on this subject with me, and share the column. It would be greatly appreciated.
Since the beginning of Christianity, the intention was for every follower of Christ to become a committed and dedicated disciple who has a desire to make other disciples. Disciples can accomplish their mission by committing to going into the world in an effort to make disciples until everyone has heard the gospel. In Matthew 4:19, Jesus has a clear desire for his followers to become ‘fishers of men,’ which he continues in Matthew 28 with the Great Commission — a statement that makes both a promise and command.
The promise Jesus makes is a two-part pledge intended for his followers. He says in Matthew 28:19 that he will make them disciples and disciple-makers themselves. In the following verse, Jesus commands his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey his commandments. It appears that the modern American church has become comfortable in its calling, often skewing the meaning of the Great Commission when we consider the stark reality that the Great Commission is taken as intending what it does not mean.