The Harshest Hashtag
Sunday was not only Easter, it was also the end of our current series. This series wasn't easy- for you or for us. As a church and as a denomination, we tend to celebrate the beauty of God's grace and mercy. So it wasn't a lot of fun to spend six straight weeks unpacking some of the hardest statements that Jesus ever uttered. However, what at first sounds harsh turns out to be incredibly gracious and loving.
"I am the way, the truth and the life" is gracious, because it means there is a way back to God- Something we don't deserve, but Jesus graciously gave His life to provide.
"Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven" is gracious, because it reminds us that this salvation thing has never been about earning it; but has always been an invitation to a love relationship with our Savior. But this last week may feel like the harshest hashtag:
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NLT)
This is known as Jesus' Great Commission. It is His command for His followers- all of them. Not just pastors and ministry leaders, but everyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. If Jesus has rescued you, this is your call. You were rescued to rescue others. You were rescued to be a rescuer.
And there's no wiggle room when it comes to this either. If you are a believer, this is expected. In fact, it tells us in scripture that if we don't share our faith with someone or disciple someone and they end up missing out on heaven, their blood is on our hands (Ezekiel 3:17-18). We are not responsible for other's choices, but we are responsible for sharing the gospel. We are responsible for making the offer.
For months now, we have been hammering you about the Discipleship Pathway. Now you know why. Jesus' Great Commission, His final command to believers before He left the earth was to make disciples. This may sound harsh, but if you're a follower of Jesus and you're not yet discipling someone, you're straight up disobeying Jesus' command. There's no version of this Christian journey where this is optional. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus. And He said Go...make disciples.
If you are ready to take that step, click HERE and watch the training video, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.