Jesus gave us no less than six texts about what our orders were forward. They are found in Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15-20, Luke 24:49, John 14 and Acts 1:7-8.
What is in comments with the text and what is the main message he has? In all by Matthew, the message is about healing the sick, raising the dead, casting the devils and preaching the gospel. Only Matthew missed the boat somehow.
There was two verses that I heard growing up in the Assemblies of God. Mark 16:15-20 is one of them,
Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation...And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well…Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Do you see something? The emphasis was on power evangelism, not being church people.
- Preach the gospel
- Go the nations
- Cast out devils
- Speak in tongues
- Heal the sick
- The Holy Spirit will back you up
Acts 1:7-8 is the other text I would see everyone. It was the final words of Christ.
It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
This is probably the most misunderstood verse in all of the bible. The word “then” is not there. You do not reach your church members then your neighbor then Africa. That is NOT what the Bible says!
It says and. That means we are reach the streets of Dallas at the same time as Africa.
But we aren’t we about community?
This is one of the biggest lies in the North American church and one of its chief idols.
At the heart of the misunderstanding is two Greek words. The first is Metoches and the second is koinōnía.
Metoches means are participants in the gospel. We are God’s plan for the nations. There is no Plan B. If we do not take the gospel to them, no one will.
Koinōnía is probably most overused greek word that is take out of context in America. It means “joint participation or embodiment.” Simple put, it is about a group of people doing the Great Commission together, not sitting around having Starbucks talking their favorite tevevangelist.
Jesus from Day 1 was about mission. Community was a means for the mission. Mission was not a means for the Community. Discipleship was about getting more soldiers in the fight; not getting more people in your cell group. Discipleship might just be the biggest lie of Church History.
Why does this matter? Well, despite popular belief, people are still going to hell and it does not stop because we want to sit around have “community.” It never has, it does not, and will not stop. Heaven is real. Hell is real, too.
When we realize this, it changes everything. Be a missional believer.