Andrew gave his life starting churches in Greece;
Philip is planting churches in Egypt when he is martyred;
Matthew starts churches in Ethiopia;
after time in Africa, Simon the Zealot goes to England to start new churches;
Thomas makes disciples and plants churches in India.
This is how Jesus’ earliest disciples responded to his final words: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19).
Apple trees make apples. Lemon trees make lemons. And disciples of Jesus make disciples of Jesus. This is the fruit of a sent life. Making disciples and planting churches is what Jesus’ people do in response to the simple fact that we are a sent people following a sent Savior (John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”).
As a church, we can’t rest on our past achievements as long as our mission is incomplete. We can’t be passive about our purpose. As OT scholar, Christopher Wright puts it, “Mission is not just one of a list of things that the Bible happens to talk about, only more urgently than some. Mission is, in that much-abused phrase, ‘what it’s all about'” (The Mission of God, 14). Our mission isn’t busy work to keep us occupied until Jesus’ return. This is our reason for being. Again Wright: “Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission – God’s mission” (62).
What could be more tragic than succeeding in the wrong things? As a church, we’re not here to gather a crowd, to run an organization, or to make a name for ourselves. We’re here to make disciples and plant churches – and we’ll do that until we’re called home.
We are a people on a mission. And at LifePoint, we want to do everything we can to lean into that mission with all of our passion, our energy, and our resources.
I will continue to call on you, LifePointers, to die to self and live on Jesus’ mission.
I will continue to make hard asks (including asking you to give two years of your life to help us make disciples and plant churches overseas!).
Why? Because I love you, and want you to experience the fullness of that for which God has made you! In Christ, you weren’t just saved FROM something, you’ve also been saved FOR something (Eph. 2:10).
*Speaking of mission, we’re looking forward to sharing a new opportunity for our church to be a part of making disciples and planting churches… more on that in June, but join me in praying that this new partnership will continue to catalyze our purpose and passion as the people of Jesus on the mission of Jesus!