And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:18-20
For Christians this is not an optional teaching of Jesus; it is a command. In fact, it is one of the commands that makes some people angry. However when we follow Jesus, when we love God and people as He also commanded, we are compelled to go to every nation and bring the Good News. As Americans we sometimes think that everyone understands that God is love and that He loves every person. But no other religion or philosophy teaches that there is a loving God, or that Jesus died for us so that we could be saved from the consequences of our sin. People need to hear that message.
What is it like to live in a foreign, hostile culture that considers the loving God we believe in to be so dangerous that people are willing to kill you? What does it mean to do what Jesus commands? Find out this Sunday as we visit with a couple that is going to one of the nations where very few people have heard about the love of Jesus. They will be speaking at both the 9:00 and 11:00 AM services. Dress is casual. Our children’s ministry meets during the 2nd service. Come and hear what it is like to go and do as Jesus commands.