A Great Challenge

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Contributed by John Hellmund, Elder Overseer of Finance at Image Church

Image Church is currently going through Challenge 77, which is a challenge to commit to doing life in Him by reading and praying for 77 days. This also includes going to church and P.o.D. for those seven weeks. I have had to do what Toby talked about last week in his blog, which is to repent, because I have missed a few days already. We cannot afford to fall short in this. We have to live in a way that points others to Christ.

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave believers what many have called the greatest challenge ever given. This challenge that Jesus gave us is to make disciples by reaching every man, woman, and child in the world with the good news of God’s love and forgiveness.

This passage is often called the Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20 –  “And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

While researching this passage, I found some interesting facts about it. First is that it is the last recorded personal instruction given by Jesus to His disciples before ascending to heaven. The second is that in the original Greek, the only specific command is “make disciples.” The Great Commission instructs us to make disciples while we are living our lives and going about our daily activities. We do this by baptizing them and teaching them all that Jesus has commanded. “Make disciples” is the command of the Great Commission. “As you are going,” “baptizing,” and “teaching” are the means by which we fulfill the command to “make disciples.”

When these versus are broken down, you can see some key elements in them. In vs. 18 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” This verse clearly states Jesus’ power and authority and therefore His deity. In verse 19, Jesus gives His believers specific directions to follow, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” This verse also teaches the doctrine of the Trinity to His followers. The three persons of the Godhead are each equally and fully God and presented here, “the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Finally in verse 20, Jesus provides direction to His followers, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We, as Christians, have been called to teach others about Christ’s truths. We can be confident in doing so because the Holy Spirit dwells within every Christian. Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Being a bold witness and sharing Jesus’ truths are not always easy things to do. Staying in His Word, in prayer, and fellowshipping with other Christians are ways to keep focused on what we are called to do. Let’s not give up on Challenge 77, so that we continue to grow in Christ and continue making disciples for Him.

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