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Many confuse the Great Commission with the mission of the church.

But as you can see from looking at the word, mission is only part of the com(mission). A commission is authorization and an appointment to do something; while a mission is the main occupation or work of the church to carry out its commission.

According to 2 Cor. 5:17-20

17 "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’"

In verses 18, 19:

In verse 20:

Jesus gave us the ministry of reconciliation to share the message of reconciliation––the Good News that He reunited the world to Himself through Christ.

THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH

Jesus spelled out the mission for the church in Luke 10:1-7.

1 After this, the Lord appointed 70 other disciples to go ahead of him to every city and place that he intended to go. They were to travel in pairs.

TheLORD brought other disciples into the picture and told them all to prepare people for a personal encounter with Him.

2 He told them, "The harvest is large, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord who gives this harvest to send workers to harvest his crops.

With the New Testament fulfillment of Old Testament promises at hand:

3 Go! I'm sending you out like lambs among wolves.

4 Don't carry a wallet, a traveling bag, or sandals, and don't stop to greet anyone on the way.

5 Whenever you go into a house, greet the family right away with the words, 'May there be peace in this house.' 6 If a peaceful person lives there, your greeting will be accepted. But if that's not the case, your greeting will be rejected.

The pair should seek a third child of peace, so they all unite in the bond of peace supplied by God’s Spirit (Ephesians 4:3)

7 Stay with the family that accepts you. Eat and drink whatever they offer you. After all, the worker deserves his pay. Do not move around from one house to another.

Instead of going from door to door, rounding up people for a central meeting, or even approaching people on the street

BIBLICAL CONFIRMATION

According to Acts 2, the apostles carried out the Great Commission on the Day of Pentecost.

• They did in fact "Go into all the world," when they attracted and Peter addressed––an international crowd in Jerusalem.
• Jesus chose the word translated "Go," that describes going about your business rather than leaving home and heading abroad.
• The expression, "into all the world," describes the scope of the commission––reaching out to all the families of the earth to build an international church and so, fulfill Israel’s failed mission––rather than a destination. Jesus said that He broke down the wall separating Jews from Gentiles at the cross in order to make them into one new people for God.
• Out to make disciples for Christ rather than for themselves, they "baptized" 3,000 converts "into Him" (cp. Rom. 6:3)––a rite of initiation into the School of Christ.
• Baptism into Christ identified them as those who gave up their old way of life (in national Israel) to become a follower of Jesus and join the new Israel of God.
• In Jerusalem to celebrate Jewish Redemption, they now relied on Christ rather than membership in national Israel to prepare for the Kingdom of God.
• Having established the church, to fulfill the final requirement of their commission, the apostles "taught [their converts] to observe everything that [the LORD had] commanded them."
• Acts 2:42 reports that the baptized converts from Pentecost, "devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching"
• And Acts 2:46 describes the new church as a community of house churches that continued, “faithfully and with singleness of purpose to meet in the Temple courts daily, and breaking bread in their several homes, they shared their food in joy and simplicity of heart."
• Following the LORD’s instructions from Luke 10, the apostles utilized house churches to evangelize their neighbors. Acts 2:47 reports the two chief results of their house church activity.
1 "…praising God and having the respect of all the people. Appreciative of what God had done for them, they gained the respect of their neighbors––less than 2 months after Jerusalem condemned and crucified their Leader.
2 And day after day the Lord kept adding to them those who were being saved" (Complete Jewish Bible). Besides reversing the opinion of the people around them, house church ministry successfully evangelized the community, because the LORD used the recently gained goodwill to increase their membership with a steady stream of new converts.

Apparently Jesus derived the house church plan from the report of what God achieved in Egypt, according to Exodus 11:1-3.

• The LORD proved His superiority to Egypt’s gods and magicians by reversing the plagues after they had done their work.
• Pharaoh’s magicians, relying on Egypt’s gods, duplicated some of the plagues.
• But that only added to the problem, since they could neither prevent, nor stop them.
• But reversing the plagues set the stage for the greatest reversal of all
• The LORD predicted that after one more plague, Pharaoh would finally give in.
• In fact, besides letting the Israelites leave, he will actually force them to go.
• This amounted to a complete reversal of his stubborn determination to keep them in the land of Egypt (to build his treasure cities).
• At the same time, the LORD will also reverse the Egyptians’ opinion of Moses and the Israelites
• The 18th dynasty pharaohs wanted to restore Egypt’s former glory, So, Pharaoh’s stand against the LORD appeared heroic at first.
• But as the body bags piled up and the land went to pot, they changed their minds.
• The LORD caused the Egyptians "to look favorably on the Israelites"
• They now considered Moses “a very great man.” Even Pharaoh’s officials and the people alike, "respected him."
• This is precisely what happened after Pentecost
• That the Pentecost converts "praised" the LORD, amounts to admitting they owed Him everything
• Luke says that the house churches "had the favor of all the people" (KJV), just as the (KJV) says, "The LORD gave the people [the Israelites] favor in the sight of the Egyptians." In fact, all the Israelites had to do was ask, and their "neighbors" parted with their most precious possessions (silver and gold).
• At Pentecost, the LORD "added to the church [collectively, all the house churches] those who were being saved." In the same way, at the Exodus, the LORD added to Israel those who recognized His power to save through the plagues (9:15, 16).

Just as the LORD worked through Israelite homes to reverse the opinion of their Egyptian neighbors, He did the same thing after Pentecost. Recognizing the success of God’s power through those homes, Jesus placed house churches at the core of evangelism. Acts confirms the apostles’ willingness to carry out His instructions as they launched the New Testament Church. Jesus commanded them to "teach [converts] to observe everything He had commanded them," to hand down the commission to future generations. The fact that the church grew "daily," every day after that based on house church ministry rather than large evangelistic meetings––passes on to us the inspired way to keep carrying out the LORD’s evangelistic plan.

WHAT WE DO

1. We provide training for house churches to fulfill Jesus’ plan for evangelism.

Click here for a FREE House Church course. Learn how to:

2. We also provide a weekly meeting, online, where we can "motivate one another to acts of love and good works…[to] encourage one another even more as we see the day of his return approaching" (Hebrews 10:24, 25).

Click here to join us Saturday afternoons at 1PM, Pacific Time for New Covenant Worship for New Testament people (Go to "Links"section on the right and click on the first one).

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