When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38
To Go with a Mission!
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." John 5:24
Reaching the lost with the Gospel of Christ is of the utmost importance. Jesus said in John 14:6; "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father expect through Me."
We have been "called out of the dominion of darkness and have been conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love." Col. 1:12-14
Since we have found the marvelous light of the Gospel, we have the command, yes, privilege to help others lost in sin to find their way out of spiritual darkness.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. "GO" therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18
To Enable Others!
To Enable Others!
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. John 15:7-8
Why is discipleship important? Discipleship is important because we want people to become fully committed followers of Christ.
Before Christians were called Christians, we were actually called “Disciples.” A disciple, in the time of Jesus, was someone who followed and learned under a teacher, or “rabbi.”
Discipleship helps believers to grow in their faith, to grow in maturity and wisdom, and build their faith on a strong foundation so that they can then disciple and lead others towards Christ.
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2;1
To Live as a Christ-centered Community!
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrew 10:24-25
The church is multifunctioning to bring the Kingdom of God to the world and to the lives of the individuals within it. Furthermore, the church was been given a specific role and intention from God.
The church is, the manner in which God establishes His rule and reign on earth. The local church is the gathering in which believers meet.
I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD!” Psalms 122:1
Here are three reasons why
JACOB'S WELL MISSIONS
Plants Local Churches
The local church is the way God intends to accomplish his mission in the world.
“Paul knew that the local churches there were how the gospel would spread into all of the individual neighborhoods. Local churches do local evangelism.” The local church is God’s plan, it is God’s mission.
By the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is written,
“Those who have never been told of him will see,
and those who have never heard will understand.”
The local church is where the believer grows.
It is primarily in the local church that Christians learn doctrine, receive reproof, and train in righteousness. The local church provides opportunities for growth that are available nowhere else.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
The local church is the best place to find spiritual accountability, its where believers learn to submit themselves to spiritual authority of Jesus Christ.
All believers are called by God to put themselves under the care and oversight of elders and leaders of the Church. “A culture that despises any kind of authority needs to see healthy models of leadership and submission. And the place for people to see this modeled is in the local church.”
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17