A good question to ask ourselves a Christians is ‘What is our mission in life now we are followers of Jesus?’ Thankfully Jesus makes this easier for us by detailing our mission in Matthew 28:18-20 with the Great Commission:
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.”
Our mission is to live under Jesus’ lordship as His disciples and to go into the world calling others to follow Jesus and teaching them also to be His follower or disciple. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life and church life it is hard to keep Jesus’ mission for us focused in our minds. Over the last two month the Session, Staff, Bible Study leaders and Mission Catalyst Team have been working to develop a Vision that will help us be clear about our Mission in the world. Essentially we’ve developed a Vision that will provide us with an intentional discipleship pathway at RPC. The Vision will help us think intentionally when it comes to making disciples and growing disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Vision will also help us support disciples and provide targeted training for people involved in making disciples.
When someone walks through our doors on Sunday morning, whether they have come along for the first time, or whether they have been coming faithfully for 20 years, what is our desire for them? What should their pathway at RPC be?
Four simple words are helpful for us in thinking about the pathway of a disciple of Jesus: Connect. Grow. Serve. Go.
First and foremost, people's salvation is priority number one. We want to see everyone:
1. CONNECT to God by trusting in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and CONNECT to the church family here at RPC.
We worship the God who has pursued us, rebellious people, in love. The most important thing that anyone can do in life is put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. And of course, the natural thing to do after trusting in Jesus is to join his people, the Church.
If this first step hasn't taken place, if someone hasn't put their life in the hands of Jesus, then the next three steps are pointless.
Next, we want to see everyone:
2. GROW in their relationship with Jesus and other believers, especially through active involvement in a Bible Study Growth Group.
You can see our next article for why Bible Study Growth Groups are vital to our spiritual growth, but the big idea of GROW is that once we have CONNECTED to God, we enter a relationship with him and must GROW as disciples. And, like all relationships, that means spending time together and with God. God GROWS us through his Word, the Bible, and we have the privilege of talking to him in prayer.
From the overflow of GROWING, we want to see everyone:
3. SERVE Jesus and each other according to your gifts and other’s needs, especially through active involvement in a ministry team.
Have you noticed that Christianity is a team effort? This is what Paul says in Ephesians 4:
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastor-teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
By SERVING each other at RPC, we mobilise our people into areas of ministry so that our mission of making followers of Jesus by being followers of Jesus is carried out.
Finally, we want to see everyone:
4. GO into the world as ambassadors for Jesus, with the view of connecting everyone to God through Jesus.
Every time we walk outside into the world we enter the mission field! Jesus’ mission to us is to influence the world we live in. Most importantly, people need to hear about Jesus and the free gift of eternal life that he brings.
This means being intentional:
In all that we do in all of life, we want to see the people of this world saved by following Jesus Christ as Lord. We want to see them get into a Christian community, so they can CONNECT, GROW, SERVE and GO. And we what to see Christians equipped for the task.