As we continue in our discipleship journey together, our natural progression as disciples should lead to multiplication. Scripture is clear that mature and healthy disciples multiply. (John 15:8) In the Great Commission, Jesus gives us a clear product: make disciples. He also gives us a clear process: engage explorers, connect believers, grow disciples, and multiply. Jesus says to His disciples, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) As we follow Jesus, we inevitably become “fishers of men,” which leads to multiplication. This missional impulse is planted at the core of us because our missional God is naturally going to conform us into becoming a missional people!
As an “everyday missionary,” our aim is to focus on our personal, God-given mission field with the goal of leading people to know and follow Jesus. As our Disciple Making Strategy states, “Whatever else we do in life, our primary purpose is to be agents of God’s mission to the world.”
Beginning January 7, 2018 we will begin a preaching and Life Group series called “Joining Jesus: Life as an Everyday Missionary.” As we continue in our discipleship journey together, I encourage you to begin thinking and praying about these questions:
1: WHY SHOULD I EVEN CARE ABOUT MISSION?
2: WHO IS MY EVERYDAY MISSION FIELD?
3: WHAT DOES AN EVERYDAY MISSIONARY DO?
4: WHEN DOES EVERYDAY MISSION HAPPEN?
5: WHERE DOES EVERYDAY MISSION HAPPEN?
6: HOW DO I SHARE THE GOSPEL WITHOUT KILLING THE RELATIONSHIP?
May this promise from Jesus in Matthew 24 inspire you: And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14) I pray we will be found faithful to our mission when the end comes!
“We are a family of everyday missionaries who make disciples.”