Word for the Year 2015

Jon Cobler —  January 14, 2015 — Leave a comment

We are a Great Commission Church

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:16-20

What does it mean to be a Great Commission church? A Great Commission church recognizes that when it’s people walk out the doors, they don’t stop being the church, because the church isn’t contained by a building. The church is wherever Jesus is, and if he’s in you, then wherever you are, church is about to happen. The beauty of the subversive nature of God’s mission on planet Earth is that He qualified every person who says “yes” to Jesus to be on the front lines of that mission. Before you disqualify yourself, recognize that God doesn’t call the people who are already qualified; He qualifies the people who He calls. If you ask the question so how do I begin to think about the Great Commission, well, think about it like this: the Great Commission is a co-mission with Jesus.

Wherever you go in life, and whatever you do in life, the most important thing that you could ever take with you is the presence of God. When you’re close to Jesus, when you’re close to his presence, then you get to the place where you lack the ability to accomplish something by your own means, you can ask Him, and He can do what you never could. That’s why when we pray we don’t pray in our name; we pray in the name of Jesus. Why? Because we’re praying, when we pray for a miracle or we pray for healing or we pray for a breakthrough, we recognize that I didn’t raise myself up from the dead, but Jesus did.

There’s something that happens inside of you when you begin to recognize that all of the potential of the kingdom of God resides inside of you, because God’s Spirit is in you. Then, you begin to go to about your regular business with the expectation that even though church may not be happening ’cause it’s not Sunday morning, God’s Spirit is in me and I am going with all authority. Because I’m with Jesus, then church isn’t just going to happen to me; it’s going to happen through me, Monday through Friday.

Jon Cobler