- positioning the church for discipleship... more churches planted
- Disciples naturally want to be the church
-...the church... can quench the voice of the Holy Spirit
Every ministry should ultimately be focused on making Jesus known. When we look at his life in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), we find him performing miracles to show that he was the promised Messiah. The miracles were not just stand alone incidents for the sake of healing or justice. He got everyone's attention, consistently spoke of the kingdom and prepared his followers, particularly the disciples, to carry on the mission after he was gone. The disciples did not really understand their mission until after Jesus' resurrection and during those last 40 days. But in those 40 days before he ascended into heaven, Jesus clarified the mission, ordained the church to carry it out and promised to send the Holy Spirit as the Helper. In the book of Acts (Acts of the Apostles) the early church apostles adapted well to the needs of the church. They eventually got it! The acts were all done in an effort to make Jesus known, to make more disciples of Jesus. They worked together, every delegated department.
The mission has not changed. Today we are to carry it on. Let's not lose focus and change it. Make Jesus known this Easter.