When Jesus said “I will build My church,” He determined that the church would be:
a group of people who are following Christ,
organized under the lordship of Christ, and
dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Christ.
Today we begin a 3 week study asking just what this mission is that Jesus has given to His church. From the start we must confess that this mission is not ours to determine. It has already been explained for us by Jesus himself. The mission of the church is actually quite simple to state: To make disciples of all peoples. We might even define it this way: Our mission is to make more Christ-followers who will make more Christ-followers. Here at Grace we have stated it this way:
We exist to make and multiply Christ-followers who magnify the glory of God.
Today we will find out why this is our mission, and not only ours, but the mission of every church that Jesus Christ is building!