Did Jesus tell His followers to get out there and plant churches and win souls? If so, what book, chapter, and verse was that written? I can’t seem to find it. In fact, I read that there is only one Church. Furthermore, as servants of the Most High we cannot win anything on our own. If a soul is won surely we did not win it. On the contrary, Jesus did give us a very simple commission, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20). Therefore, we are called to spread the good news of salvation with others; however, it does not stop there. We must go much deeper than simply sharing the good news, we need to seek the power of the Holy Spirit to use us to make these people disciples teaching them to obey everything Jesus commands of us.
This commission is an active daily outpouring of the Spirit shared between us and others not in some church building as many suppose, but instead wherever and whenever the Lord leads according to the will of the Father. Therefore, this happens in our homes, on the streets, at the market place, at work establishments, and everywhere else the Lord leads us. This is the example Jesus set for us throughout His entire ministry here on earth and continued in practice by His Apostles and disciples after His ascension into heaven. Many have strayed far from this as they practice manmade Christian religious traditions and doctrines in its place. We must set our minds on things above and not on things in this world.
Did Jesus tell us to emulate the practices of this world by building for ourselves Christian establishments and organizations that include hip youth groups, rock star worship teams, super star teachers, and awesome guest speakers to appeal to the masses? Unfortunately, for those who follow these practices those verses are not found in the scriptures either. Jesus never told us that we should establish for ourselves earthly structures to provide “places of worship” labeled as denominational or non-denominational institutions. Was Jesus an Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Pentecostal, or some other kind of Christian? I can’t find that in the scriptures either. What Jesus did say was, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19). Later one of the scribes came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:19-20). Far too many claiming to do the Lord’s work are out competing for people they meet who have an interest in Christ to come to “their church” for reasons that have nothing to do with furthering the kingdom of heaven. It is easy for us to forget that there is only one true Church and that all those who are the true servants of the Lord are part of it. Our only desire is that these people become part of this Church!
The scriptures do tell us that Jesus chose His true followers (the few) from among “the many’ who meander through life lost and misguided by the false notion of what it means to be a true follower of Christ. He called His true servants to come and humbly follow Him every day to serve the kingdom of heaven by doing the will of the Father. We who are the chosen have been called out of this world to unite in love and purpose according to God’s will. We have not been called to build worldly establishments labeled “Christian” that separate us from one another. However, these manmade establishments clearly do serve a purpose, but because they so closely mirror the religious establishment that vehemently opposed Jesus even to the point of crucifixion I wonder what that purpose might be. Are these establishments really focused on doing the will of the Father? Or are they self-serving places of refuge for “the many” who continue to seek religious comfort and an avenue to ease their conscious as they try to live out their lives to please God hoping they will get into heaven in the end. Moreover, this is not what “the few” have been called into and so those who are true servants should look at these places as opportunities to spread the true gospel in hopes we will be used to make disciples of them all. Jesus did tell us to do that!
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