The mission of the church is to make disciples. Just before Jesus returned to heaven, He commissioned His disciples this way: “Going into all the world, make disciples of all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you” (literal translation of Matthew 28:19–20a).
A disciple is a follower, someone who attaches himself to his leader. Therefore, we reason, Jesus sent the church on its mission to acquaint people in every place with Himself.
As the church makes disciples, people can admire, worship, trust, follow, and obey Jesus as their Savior and Master. The church’s members, having become enamored of Jesus the Messiah, assemble around Him as Master, Leader, Savior, and Friend.
Our joyful mission is to put Him on display to every nation.
- John 20:21 (NASB) —So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
- John 17:18 — “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”