The Calvary Student Ministry has a mission statement posted by the main door of the Hangar that says, “Our mission is to make disciples who make disciples.” I applaud Ryan and the Calvary Student Ministry team for clarifying this important missional goal for the Calvary youth ministry. However, according to Jesus, this should be the mission statement for the entire church and for all churches everywhere.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says:
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
In the original language, this passage has one main verb command that is supported and defined by a number of participle phrases. So, what is the main verb command? You guessed it. It is “to make disciples.” So that begs the question. What exactly is a disciple? According to the rest of the passage, a disciple is a person who has experienced new birth in Christ that results in baptism. He or she is a person who understands and obeys Jesus’ commands. He or she is a person who understands and experiences the presence and power of God in daily life. He or she is a person who shares the mission of going to the nations in order to make disciples.
I’m excited that Calvary will be focusing on discipleship during 2019. As we each grow in our personal discipleship, we will become disciples who are capable of making disciples. I’m looking forward to fulfilling our mission together through the presence and power of Christ.
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