Jesus succinctly outlined the mission of the church with two simple statements that we refer to as the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The mission has not changed and today we strive to continue the legacy of disciple-making.
When asked to identify the greatest commandment, Jesus said, "To love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:30-31
In John 13:35, Jesus said, "By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another." Love continues to be proof of our love for Jesus; or what one theologian termed, the "final apologetic."
Jesus entrusted the mission to his disciples. He called them to be with him; he trained and taught them; and he sent them out. He modeled for them what it means to live as a God-follower. In what were probably some of his final words he commissioned them saying: "Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And I will be with you always even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20