The Church’s Portal Priority

by Impact Church

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘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 everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”Matthew 28:18-20

Parting words are often dripping with weightiness, and the risen Lord’s marching orders to His followers before His ascension are no exception. The Great Commission instructs the disciples how to build the Church that He had founded and purchased with His own blood.

 What is important is what Jesus didn’t say. He didn’t charge the apostles to make worshipers. He didn’t call on them to find generous people who could support the movement financially. He didn’t tell them to spend their energy on faithful folks who have proven themselves to be dependable. He didn’t encourage Peter and the others to produce good parents, to build successful businessmen, or to chisel away at the imperfections of fallen humanity. He didn’t even extol the virtues of feeding the hungry, clothing the poor or healing the sick.

 No, the seminal mission of the Church – the portal priority of the people of God – is to make disciples, or followers of Jesus Christ. If we do that well, the rest will fall into place. Disciples whose lives have been transformed by the Master will become worshipers, givers, faithful devotees who will honor Him in every area of life.

 We at Impact Church love our community and work hard to foster a family atmosphere that is full of activities and entry points for men, women, teens and children. We embrace the sociable, friendly nature of our fellowship and want everyone to experience a “Welcome home!” feeling shortly after they enter our doors.

 But make no mistake: we are not a social club. We’re not the Elks Lodge. We’re not the Lions Club or the Kiwanis. With all due respect to worthy civic organizations, we are not good-deed-doers trying to produce other good-deed-doers. We are the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ! We are the most powerful living organism on the planet, birthed and infused with the very Life of our Founder! We are charged with the greatest mandate ever: to reproduce who we are. We do that by preaching and teaching the life-changing Gospel of Jesus and by modeling that transformation for others to see and follow.

 We encourage you to get involved in our programs, which are designed with you in mind. But we invite you to go deeper than simple involvement. We invite you, even implore you, to learn to follow Jesus with us. Every ministry and every outreach of Impact Church exists to point people to Christ’s accomplished work on Calvary and to mold believers into lifelong disciples through obedience to God’s Word. The truth will indeed set you free, but only if you know it!

 So come worship with us! Study the Word with us! Grow with us! Make disciples with us! You can reproduce only what you are…so put your roots deeply into good soil!

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