There is so much being written and spoken about the mission of the church. There are charismatic and compelling arguments being made for so many different causes and concerns. The problem is that the mission of the church is very clearly outlined in Jesus’ command to his disciples prior to his ascension to the right hand of the Father, “Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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 everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matt. 28:18–20 HCSB). They were to begin carrying out this mission when they had been baptized by the Holy Spirit as related here, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” (Acts 1:8, HCSB). This event did not occur until the day of Pentecost as related in Acts 2, “When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.” (Acts 2:1–4, HCSB).
The mission of the church has been outlined already. We even see evidence of how the church carried out this mission of making disciples. I will share more on this evidence of the three-fold process of making disciples (evangelizing unbelievers, edifying those who believe through doctrinal instruction and exhortation to biblical living, and organizing those who believe into local church under biblically qualified elders) in the future.