What is God calling you to do? You have now spent 52 days….almost….. seeking His face in prayer, worship, fasting, study, meditation, service, solitude, journaling, etc……. Surely He is speaking to you, surely you are hearing Him clearer than ever before
So……………………………………. what is He calling you to? What is He calling you from?
As you are praying even now, today, ahead of our commitment service on Sunday……..let me remind you all of something……..
“WE ARE THE CHURCH, GOD’S PEOPLE, DETERMINED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS WHO MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS.” This is the written mission of our church. I pray each day simply that God would “Let it be so.” This has been my prayer each day of this 52 Day Challenge. For this to “be so”, it has been a prayer that God would do a work in YOU, His people here at FBJB.
Unless YOU are doing what God is calling YOU to do……WE will never see a movement happen in our church.
So what is the mission of the church? We’ve argued, to put it succinctly, that the Great Commission is the mission of the church. Or a bit longer: the mission of the church is to go into the world and make disciples by declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit and gathering these disciples into churches, that they might worship and obey Jesus Christ now and in eternity to the glory of God the Father.
The Great Commission MUST BE THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH. The Great Commission IS what God is calling you to……to GO make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus.
Now what is He calling you to specifically do to fulfill this call to GO?
Church, this is bigger than a church program or another sermon series…….this call we have been given by God is so important! We need to help people understand that there is something worse than death and something so much better than simply human flourishing and success that this world offers. (Gilbert)
In 1933—in the depths of the Great Depression and in the heyday of theological liberalism—J. Gresham Machen tried to answer the pressing question: What is the church’s responsibility in this new age? His answer was spot-on back then, and it is no less true three-quarters of a century later:
The responsibility of the church in the new age is the same as its responsibility in every age. It is to testify that this world is lost in sin; that the span of human life—no, all the length of human history—is an infinitesimal island in the awful depths of eternity; that there is a mysterious, holy, living God, Creator of all, Upholder of all, infinitely beyond all; that he has revealed himself to us in his Word and offered us communion with himself through Jesus Christ the Lord; that there is no other salvation, for individuals or for nations, save this, but that this salvation is full and free, and that whoever possesses it has for himself and for all others to whom he may be the instrument of bringing it a treasure compared with which all the kingdoms of the earth—no, all the wonders of the starry heavens—are as the dust of the street. An unpopular message it is—an impractical message, we are told. But it is the message of the Christian church. Neglect it, and you will have destruction; heed it, and you will have life.7
It is not the church’s responsibility to right every wrong or to meet every need, though we have biblical motivation to do some of both. It is our responsibility, however—our unique mission and plain priority—that this unpopular, impractical gospel message gets told, that neighbors and nations may know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing, they may have life in his name. (DeYoung)
SIMPLY PUT, what should God’s voice sound like to you ahead of our commitment Sunday? What could he be calling you to do?
Listen up……. He is saying “GO”!
For some it might be
- “GO to Life Group”
- “GO to lead a Life Group”
- “GO to the mission field”
- “GO into full time ministry”
- “GO pastor or preach”
- “GO work with the kids, youth, worship, senior adult, women’s, men’s ministries”
- “GO serve the poor, homeless, single moms”
- “GO adopt some children or foster parent some children”
- “GO reconcile that broken relationship”
Simply GO, and once you get moving keep making disciples AS YOU GO!
Pray up…….see you Sunday!