In what we refer to as The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), Jesus left His followers with three imperatives. Namely: 1) Go. 2) Make disciples. 3) Teach them. In those simple instructions, Jesus set out His plan for spreading the Good News.
Notice that His plan wasn’t at all passive. Rather it required action on the part of His followers. Jesus made that abundantly clear when He said, “Go.” Don’t sit around waiting. Take action. Take initiative. Go!
But what action are we to take? Jesus made that clear, as well. “Make disciples,” He said. Remember that a disciple was someone who wanted to look, dress, talk, think, act, etc. just like their teacher. So, Jesus was saying, “You pattern your life after mine then show others how to do the same.”
Finally, Jesus instructed his followers to teach others what they had learned from Him. The application is that we are to be constantly learning more about Jesus so we can strive to be like Him and then teach others to do the same.
But keep in mind that in the Scriptures this process of going, making disciples and teaching others what Jesus taught was done in community. That is to say, it all happened through relationships.
Portico Church’s spiritual development emphasis for 2013 is Invest At it’s essence, Invest is the pursuit of The Great Commission through relationships. We are going to ask you to invest in two ways. First, invest in someone and, secondly, be invested in by someone. We are going to ask you to take investing initiative. In other words, pursue someone in whom you can invest and pursue someone who can invest in you.
This coming Sunday night we will have an opportunity to commit to invest in a specific person and be invested in by a specific person. Please pray diligently this week and ask God to show you who those people should be. They can be part of Portico Church or not. It may be one person or several. Don’t get hung up on those kind of details. Just ask God, “Who should I invest in and who should I ask to invest in me?” If God brings some people to mind, consider talking to them about it prior to Sunday. And, if God doesn’t bring anyone to mind, don’t worry, we will give you some help in getting connected. Please, though, plan to participate in Invest this year as the benefits are potentially HUGE. You will grow spiritually. You will help others grow spiritually. In that way, we will each become better disciples as we help others do the same.
The Great Commission is the only plan Christ left us to grow His Kingdom. It’s about investing. It’s about relationships. It’s about obedience to what Jesus has told us to do. And here is the crazy thing….each and every one of us is qualified to invest and be invested in. Followers of Jesus are ever in both relationships because Jesus has so decreed.
Got questions about all this? More information will be available as we gather this coming Sunday night. Please make plans to attend and please encourage others to be there, as well.
The call to action for Portico Church in 2013 is the call to Invest! Are you in?