The Mission of the Church1
For those of you know me, you know I love sports and I’ve always been a big football fan. Just to set the record straight, I love the Dallas Cowboys and I love Notre Dame. It’s been a rough 20 years for me.
In football, just like every other sport, there is a winner and a loser. All you have to do is score more touchdowns than the other team. It's a simple game. The team with the most points at the end of four quarters wins. The guys on ESPN always talk about three phases: Offense, defense and special teams.
Now you have to block, you have to run the ball, you have to be able to throw, you have to win the battle at the line of scrimmage, you have to play defense, play special teams. But all of those things are aimed at scoring more than the other team. If you do that, if you score more points, your team wins!
Have you ever wondered what winning looks like for the church? What is a win at Westminster Presbyterian Church?
There are lots of things that people might think of:
• Lots of people in attendance?
• Good music?
• Good preaching?
• Good coffee?
• Good youth group?
All of those things are great! I love a good cup of coffee and good preaching is better than bad preaching. We can all agree with that.
But a win in the church is to make disciples.
Discipleship is the mission of the church!
We learn this from a passage that is known as the Great Commission.
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 28:18-20 ESV)
This is the first and last thing that we need to be about. We need more disciples and we need better disciples. This is why I love our mission statement:
Westminster is a community of Christians that exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ and influence the Delta for the glory of God.
This statement will help us remember what winning looks like. I’m looking forward to winning with y’all!