The church is God’s idea, and we must seek to restore her to Jesus’ original purpose. New Beginnings Church is focused and committed to making disciples that could turn around and make disciples.
Understand the context of the passage in which Jesus gives His church the Great Commission.
Jesus had been tortured (whipped, crown of thorns, and the cross) to death. Jesus died, was buried and rose from the grave three days later, so we can have this victory over sin & death. This is the Gospel!
Then after about a month’s time, there were several post resurrection appearances before He gave the Great Commission. Why in the world would Jesus stick around earth instead of just going to Heaven?
If Jesus just went through all that pain, suffering, rejection and death…you would think He would be ready to get back to glory.
- One of the reasons Jesus stayed around and made appearances was to validate to people that He truly was the Son of God and not just a, incredible tale.
- The second reason Jesus stayed around and made appearances was to clearly communicate the mission of the Disciples.
Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
If you only have a short time to be with the small group of followers, and they may or may not fully believe you because you’re the Son of God, Then, you do something unbelievable, completely miraculous that totally validates that you really do know what you are talking about and so you now have their undivided attention
You MUST explain to them that you are going to be leaving and you want to leave them the most important information they will ever hear…
- This information will reveal what is most important to you
- This information will reveal what is most critical to you…
- This information will explain the plan and mission of God until Jesus returns.