This is the next post in our series, “So…What’s Next?” where we take a look at some core principles for ECC and how they are played out in the regular rhythms of life for the church. We have already talked about being devoted to Scripture, having a life of praise and prayer. Today the focus is on the mission of the church, making disciples.
I love pizza, to the point where I will veto people if they choose to get bad pizza because they can't tell a difference! And I’m not writing that to say something that is popular when naming a favorite food, I mean I could eat pizza every day. Just switch the toppings and I could eat it for most meals. The enjoyment of pizza isn’t with the gathering of ingredients, talking about it, ordering, or making it. I love pizza because I get to eat it! The end result of gathering ingredients, discussing what kind to get, ordering/making it is why I love it. Imagine only having the ingredients, or the meeting to discuss the food, or going through the process of getting your favorite food, only to not get to actually eat it and enjoy it!
Making disciples is the end result that we long for as followers of Christ. This is the command that Christ leaves His disciples before He ascends to heaven.
Jesus encourages His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations as his last earthly command to those he had spent years investing into. What would you say to the people closest to you if you knew it would be the last time you’d get to speak to them? Jesus chose to encourage them to make disciples. There is great encouragement in this statement though, because Jesus did not just give a command, he gave a promise. He promised that he would always be with them! Which could be just a nice saying, but the One who is saying this also has all the authority in heaven and earth. They are able to go and make disciples knowing that the One with all the authority in heaven and earth is always with them!
At ECC we aim to make disciples by equipping each other in the truths of the gospel in such a way that they are shared naturally and regularly in all areas of our lives. We pray that God uses us to make disciples as we are obedient to share the good news of Jesus Christ’s life death and resurrection. The hope is that a person becomes a disciple of Jesus and then grows as a disciple of Jesus becoming a disciple-maker themselves. We hope that each person is increasingly loving God, loving others and making disciples. At ECC we have submitted to our discipleship pathway with steps to follow in order to see this happen.