By REV. LOU TISCIONE
The purpose that God has given to His people is to be holy. He has likewise given His people a mission. The mission of God’s people, the church of Jesus Christ, is as clear as His revealed purpose.
The mission of the church is revealed in Matthew’s gospel. We know it as the “Great Commission.” Matthew 28:18-20 states that Jesus has all authority and He commanded disciples to make disciples. A disciple is a learner and follower of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah also prophesied the church’s mission. God declared that the suffering servant, Jesus, would come and be a “light for the nations.” (Isaiah 42:6) God said it is “too small a thing” to only save “Jacob” but that He would call all peoples to Himself through the gospel. (Isaiah 49:6) The church of God was on a mission, His.
Our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), was established upon three principles. We pledge faithfulness to the scriptures. We are true to reformed doctrine. We are obedient to the Great Commission.
All Christian churches seek to obey the Great Commission. We all know that Jesus did not make a suggestion. He issued a command! The weight of this mission, His command, is supreme because of the weight of the one who gave it. Jesus said “All authority in heaven and on earth” was given to Him. This is an inclusive statement. That is, regardless of whether or not men submit to Him, Jesus is the one who has all authority. The church stands under the word of God and therefore, we receive His commands concerning purpose and mission and submit to Him.
The risen Lord Jesus directs the church in her mission. The church has been given a granted authority by the one who has supreme authority to do what He commands. So, we ought to be clear on the savior’s command.