Posted by: TLC Fellowship | January 4, 2015

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book of daniel

Scripture: “Then Jesus came to them and said, “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

There is an article by Fr. John Peck floating along Facebook about the rising “Done with Church” generation. This is a group of people of varying ages, experiences and lengths of church services who have chosen to leave. According to sociologist Josh Packard in his upcoming book Church Refugees, some of the reasons contributed to the “done with church” generation include:

1. Feel they have heard it all

2. Want to play and participate, but feel rejected each time they try

3. “Fatigued with the Sunday routine”

Ouch. And still, the church is to “… go and make disciples of all nations….”

In the face of church attendance dwindling, involvement in the world decreasing and the persistent fear of rejection, this a tall order. How do we tell the Good News to those who’ve never heard it and to those who have? How do we invite others into sharing in Kingdom building and thus help grow the church?

The answer is in front of us, in the last verse of Matthew 28, “… and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus’ instructions to His disciples then and now are simple and beautifully effective. He knew the challenges they and we would face. But if we pray (and not the drive-by type of prayer either) and trust God, He is faithful to give us the words to share just how good He is and has been, and the purpose to which He called all of us. He will open our minds to explore different ways to share His Good News and will give us the will to do so without the enemy’s trick of fear. He will guide us to reach out to the “dones” and make sure they know how important they are to allow room for them to flourish. Through this, the church world will grow with many coming to ask, “What must I do to be saved”? Jesus said He is with us always. We should take Him at His word and follow His instructions.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your Commission and promise to be with us to the very end. Open our eyes, minds and hearts to receive Your way in reaching out to people and sharing the Good News. Grow us up and out, so that we can be a ministry of excellence. Amen.


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