The Go of the Gospel

The people of God are going people.

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…

This is the “go” of the gospel.  This is the lifestyle of discipleship.  Go, and as you go make disciples.

As we follow Jesus into each day we look to see where he is at work.  We look for opportunities to serve others.  We look for opportunities to listen, encourage and bless others.  We’re on a search and rescue mission.  How may we bless our neighbors today?

People, who need or want a relationship with God, first need a relationship with someone who knows Jesus.

Discipleship begins before a person hears the gospel.  It begins when we follow Jesus into what he is doing in and around us.  We go with him and as we go we make disciples.  It is the normal and natural process of following Jesus.  Go, and as you go make disciples.

We should not pervert the commission of Jesus into a come proposition.  Come and we will disciple you.  Come to a certain place on a certain day at a certain time and we’ll tell you what you need to know.  We somehow believe right information leads to right behavior.  We think people just need good information.  But, of course, people need a relationship with the Living God.  Biblical discipleship is much more transformational than it is informational.

The goal of the Great Commission is not converts to a system of teachings, decisions made or local church growth.  The goal of the Great Commission is to bring people into a relationship with God by knowing and following Jesus Christ.  This relationship was God intent before the fall.  This is the mystery of godliness.  This is and was God’s ultimate purpose.

So, let us go and as we go, make disciples.

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