Going Over the Basics

Mission casting isn’t a one-time event. Mission must be repeated over and over. Rick Warren has used Nehemiah to make a case for the need of the mission to be restated at least once a month. Why? In the story of rebuilding the wall, although it only took fifty-two days to complete, about a month in the people became discouraged. Nehemiah had to remind them of the mission less than thirty days into the project (Neh. 4:6-15).

Is it possible to lose sight of the goal so fast? You betcha! Will I feel I’m repeating myself mentioning the mission so frequently? Yep! Many have said, if you are in leadership, your main role as the CRO (Chief Reminding Officer) is to continually clarify and communicate the mission. The Apostle Peter knew this. He wrote, “I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body” (2 Peter 1:12-13).

Our mission statement in The Alliance is “To know Jesus Christ; exalt Him as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King; and complete His Great Commission.” It is a simple statement. We can read that and easily think, “Do we really need to be reminded to know Jesus?” Well let me ask you this: is knowing Jesus the most important goal on your to-do list? Do you know Jesus better today than you did yesterday? This is where it all starts. Growing an intimate relationship with Jesus is the most important thing we have to do. I would submit people need (at least) a monthly reminder of this.

We can look at the last part of our mission statement and think, “Do we really need to remind people of the importance of the Great Commission?” There seems to be only so many ways to mention disciple-making. Well let me ask you this: is disciple-making happening in your church? Are you discipling anyone? This was Jesus’ mission. He called a few people to himself and called them to identify their life entirely with his life. This is to be our mission if we follow Jesus.

It is right to refresh people’s memory about these things. I encourage you to remind people of the mission: to know Jesus and make disciples. I’ll even help you get started. Below are some simple questions you could use to lead a discussion through the Great Commission passage in Matthew 28:16-20.

  • Why do you think that there were some who doubted? (16-17)
  • Have you ever had doubts? What were your reasons for doubt? (16-17)
  • Were there doubters mixed in among the worshippers? (16-17)
  • To whom did Jesus give his mission? (18)
  • How does declaration of Jesus’ authority impact the mission? (18)
  • Has this verse possibly been misused before by good-intentioned Christians? (18)
  • What do you think of when you hear the word disciple? (19)
  • What is your favorite excuse for dodging this command (like I do at times)? (19)
  • What is the meaning and purpose of baptism? (19)
  • Have you been baptized? If not, why not? (19)
  • What must they teach? (19)
  • Would you say “all things” were to include? (19)
  • Why does Jesus say they must “observe” all that He taught them instead of “obey?” (19)
  • About what could the disciples be sure? (20)
  • Why does Jesus end with this promise? (20)
  • Is the Great Commission meant for you too? If not, why not? (16-20)

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