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Life On Mission: Part 1

August 28, 2014 by David Platt

The forthcoming book Life On Mission, which I've had the privilege recently to read, admonishes the Church to imagine what could happen as ordinary people given God's extraordinary power begin to preach, pray, give and suffer for the spread of the gospel.

This is the picture of the early church that we see on the pages of the New Testament. A small band of twelve men responded to a life-changing invitation: Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:17). In the days to come, they watched Jesus, listened to him, and learned from him how to love, teach and serve others the same way that he did. Then came the moment when they saw him die on a cross for their sins, only to rise from the dead three days later. Soon thereafter, he gathered them on a mountainside and said to them: 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). Just like Jesus had said from the beginning, these followers would now become fishers of men. His authoritative commission would become their consuming ambition. Not long thereafter, they gathered together with a small group of others, about 120 in all, and they waited. True to his promise, Jesus sent his Spirit to every one of them, and immediately they began proclaiming the gospel. In the days to come, they scattered from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria to the ends of the earth, and within one generation, they grew to over four hundred times the size they were when they started. This kind of movement involves all of us. Every single follower of Christ fishing for men. Every single disciple making disciples. Ordinary people spreading the gospel in extraordinary ways all over the world. Men and women from diverse backgrounds with different gifts and distinct platforms making disciples and multiplying churches through every domain of society in every place on the planet. This is God’s design for his church, and disciples of Jesus must not settle for anything less.

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