The church is not a social club where you come to meet people and make business connections. The church is not a religious group that does good deeds for people to make themselves feel better. The church is a hospital for sinners.
People are sick with a disease called ‘sin’ and the church has the answer. Our mission is to reconnect humans to God! Our vision is to reach people who are far from God so they can experience new life in Christ.
We have been given marching orders. Matthew 28: 18-20 says, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Did you notice the word “go”? It is an action word. It is aggressive, not passive. It is going to take some movement and some initiation.
Alexander the Great was a military General. He conquered the known world at the age of 22. Someone once asked one of his soldiers what the key to Alexander’s military success was. The soldier answered, “His men follow his marching orders.”
We need to stop talking about the orders, we need to stop dissecting the orders, we need to stop worrying about who is or is not qualified to carry out the orders and just go follow the orders!
Every poll and every survey says that Americans are more interested in spiritual things now than ever before. Not less but MORE! We must be about the marching orders…tell your story, share your faith, give out the gospel. People are more desperate to hear than we are to share. God help us! Let’s obey our marching orders!