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This is the third part of our series, This is Remedy. In Part 1, we covered our purpose – we exist for God’s glory. Part 2 answered the question, “How do we bring God glory?” We glorify God the same way that Jesus did: by our obedience to love God and love others. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, He responded,
“‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ Matthew 22:37-39
In John 14:15, Jesus said that if you love me, you will obey me. In other words, we are called to be like Jesus, and we love God when we first understand and receive His love:
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. 1 John 4:16-21
Then Jesus commands us to go share that love with others which we do as we go make disciples. A disciple is someone who has been transformed by the love of God, which compels them to walk in the same manner in which Jesus walked. We are changed by the love of God, and as we are changed, we are compelled to go share that love. As we share the love of God, others are transformed by that love – that is what it means to make disciples. We see this process in Scripture:
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
We make disciples by the power and authority of Jesus (Acts 1:8). We are called to go near and far to tell others about Jesus (across the street, at your workplace, around the world – wherever you currently are is your mission), and we make disciples by preaching the Gospel.
for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:13-17
We are all commissioned and sent to share the Gospel, and we are all qualified to go. We baptize them, meaning a public proclamation of faith, and we teach them, just as Paul instructed Timothy to teach others:
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2
Jesus spent three years with His disciples. Disciples are formed through relationships, and our call is to be witnesses in the relationships and opportunities that God gives us. As we love God and love others, we make disciples.
The purpose of the church gathered is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. In other words, the church equips us to make disciples. At Remedy, we do this as we gather in large and small groups. We do this through classes, prayer times, and as individuals meet. We do this through leadership development classes, worship nights, children’s ministry on Sunday mornings, and ministry teams. We do this through our website, podcast, and printed materials. All of this is to help equip the saints for the work of the ministry.