The Lord promised when he came to the earth that he would build something. In Matthew chapter sixteen, we see this promise after Peter's confession that He was the Son of God, He declared He would build the church.
- Matthew 16:18
This church, the called out, would be the members of the kingdom of God.
- Ephesians 2:20-22
Jesus was going to build a church, a called-out people to carry on the mission that He was going to give them. Jesus had a purpose for the group, a divine mission. He called us out of the world and gave us work to do.
Same Mission as Its Founder
As such, Christians are to walk in the steps of Jesus.
- 1 Peter 2:21
We are to do as our Lord has done.
- Matthew 11:29
To take His yoke is to take his work, his teachings, and follow in HIs steps. We are to follow His example.
- John 13:15
This is right after washing the feet of his disciples. We are to treat each other with respect and love. His example was to show humility and love to His disciples.
- 1 John 2:6
We're to talk in the footsteps of Jesus and live our lives as He lived His life.
- Matthew 16:24
- Mark 9:23
It is a daily choice. We are to have the same mission as Christ, following after His steps, His example, and pattern.
From before He was born, HIs mission was clear.
- Matthew 1:21
The name Jesus, Yeshua, means Jehovah saves. He was to save the people from their sins.
He was to be the Teacher.
- John 11:28
He is the teacher of Israel, the teacher of God's word. He is the Son of man, to seek and save the lost.
- Luke 19:10
He was to give His life a ransom.
- Matthew 20:28
He was to give His life, to pay the ransom, for the wages of our sins. He gave Himself for the redemption for the purifying of our sins.
- Titus 2:14
Peculiar, meaning that it belongs to one person only. We are His people. The church is to concern itself with sin and salvation because that is what the Lord was concerned about.
The Mission That was Foremost in the Lord's Work
Jesus, on one occasion, refused to perform signs, in His own hometown of Nazareth, because His mission was the foremost work.
- Luke 4:24-27
His mission, while He performed many wondrous works, His mission was to save men from their sins. He established the church to that end.
- 1 Timothy 3:15
Pillar - "a column supporting the weight of a building," is used metaphorically,... of a local church as to its responsibility, in a collective capacity, to maintain the doctrines of the faith by teaching and practice, ..." — Vine's Expository Dictionary
The local congregation of the Lord's church has a major objective than just the simply physical wants and needs of people. The major thrust of God's people is always the same as it was in the Lord's mind is to be the saving of souls of mankind.
Jesus' mission was not physical it concerned the spiritual, the souls of people. His main focus was always to seek and save the lost.
- Ephesians 4:11-13
If we do our work properly there will be five accomplishments.
- The perfecting of the saints
- The work of the ministry
- The edifying of the body of Christ
- Coming to a unity of faith and knowledge
- Maturing in spiritual stature under the fullness of Christ
Knowing these major emphases of the Lord's mission is to be a major force in the world to teach and build upon the foundation of the early church.
Same Mission as the Early Church
The Jerusalem Church
- Led by the apostles - Acts 2:42
- Evangelism while persecuted - Acts 8:1-4
- Benevolence - Acts 2:44; 4:32-37
- Benevolence was no the main focus - Acts 6:1-7
The Antioch Church
- Evangelism - Acts 13:1-3, 14:26-27
- Benevolence - Acts 11:27-30
- Churches in Galatia - 1 Corinthians 16:1
- Churches in Macedonia - 2 Corinthians 8:1-3
- 1 Corinthians 16:1
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-3
The church which carries the same mission as Christ and the apostles of the early church, we must continue to teach, evangelize, and perform acts of benevolence.
Same Mission Described in Jesus' Parables - Matthew 13
In each of the eight parables given by Jesus in Matthew chapter 13, we see the same mission that Christ has for His church. Jesus expects us to be teachers of the Word of God.
- Parable of the Sower - 13:1-9, 18-23
- Jesus expects his kingdom to be teachers of the word.
- Wheat and Tares - 13: 24-30, 36-43
- Emphasizes separation in eternity
- Mustard Seed - 13:31-32
- Potential of the kingdom
- Description of leaven -13:33
- Tells of the available power
- Hidden Treasure - 13:44
- Shows the value of being a part of the kingdom
- Pearl of Great Price - 13:45-46
- Emphasizes the value of seeking the kingdom
- Parable of the net - 13:47-50
- Portrays how terrible the separation will be
- Treasures old and new- 13:52
- Do whatever it takes to accomplish the work of the kingdom
If one had but one chapter to find out the mission of the Lord's church, this chapter illustrates that the mission of Jesus is the same as the mission of the church.
What would Jesus do today, if He were here?
- John 14:6
- Acts 10:38
He went about teaching and preaching the Word and going about doing good. His church can do no less. We are to teach the word of God. We are to go into all the world and teach the Word, making disciples of all nations, and teaching them to do all that the Lord Commanded.
- Galatians 6:10
- Ephesians 3:21
If churches today seek to do the mission of the Lord, they will glorify God by doing what He said to do.
We must teach that Jesus came to die for you and me, to be a ransom for the lost. We must believe that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, repent of our sins, and turn from sins, and confess the name of Jesus to the World. and be baptized to have our sins washed away, like those on the day of Pentecost being convicted of sins, and being cleansed in baptism.
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