Secondly, Christ left the responsibility of sharing the gospel in the hands of His disciples. Jesus was clear that his disciples had a job to do ‘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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age’” Matt. 28:18-20. This mission would be empowered by the Holy Spirit, beginning on the Day of Pentecost – the day the Church was born. Thus, the disciples of Christ are the Church.
Carrying out the mission of Christ, will lead to the end of this age and usher in the coming of the Kingdom of God. In Christ’s physical absence from the earth, the Church is called to be faithful disciples; to carry on the work of Christ, by telling the world about God’s Good News.
Thirdly, the Church is the body of Christ. A community of believers who have one common goal and purpose -- to carry out the mission of Christ. In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, we are reminded that even though we are many in number we are one body in Christ. We share in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. We are members of the family of God, brothers and sister in the faith. We enter into Holy Communion, remembering the sacrifice of Christ for all. We also anticipate the day when Christ himself will welcome us to the Great Communion; as all the sai...
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...g and love. There is a vision of family unity which is strengthened by the Church.
The vision of a vibrant and active Sunday School is the first area of development. I see children and adults filling the classrooms and embracing the life which God has called Christians to live. I see adults desiring to step up into leadership roles. I envision the Church being a body ALIVE to all that God is doing – even when it may be uncomfortable or different. I envision the Church actively praying and seeking God’s vision for ministry. I envision the new storefront church impacting lives for Christ as the disenfranchised are restored to dignity and are reconciled to God. Lastly, I envision all barriers to ministry falling at the feet of Christ as he works in and through the local congregation. “…But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” Rom. 8:25.
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