After his resurrection, Jesus met his disciples on a mountain. When he appeared our Lord declared that all authority in heaven and earth were now given to him. He commanded them to therefore go and make disciples of all nations. Christ our King calls all of us to evangelize, equip, and empower new generations of Christians. The Great Commission provides an overall outline for the Church’s threefold witness in the world to make disciples. The Church gives witness by going and making disciples (evangelizing the lost in the world), by baptizing (incorporating new believers into the assembly of believers), and by teaching (instructing disciples to do everything Jesus commands and so grow to maturity in him).
Jesus commanded that we baptize. Do not underestimate the importance of baptism. No matter your view on how baptism relates to salvation, it should never be minimized or overlooked. This is the foundational act of our discipleship to Jesus. We are buried with him in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.
God our Father, thank you that in our union with your Son, our old self is buried, and we are raised a new creation in Christ our Lord.
As those created in the image of the divine King, humanity was to spread and reflect his glorious reign by subduing and ruling the entire earth (Gen 1:28-28). . . . To subdue the earth was to extend God’s garden sanctuary throughout the earth and thus prepare the way for the presence of Yahweh to permeate the world entirely.
~ Uche Anizor and Hank Voss, Representing Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. pp. 29-30.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The Everlasting Dominion to Come, Daniel 7.1-18
Anizor and Voss, Representing Christ
Special Church Year Service
Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 24, 2022