Saturday, October 11, 2008

Why Are We Here?

I believe that every Christian is a disciple, every Christian is a follower of Christ. Some of us are following more faithfully than others, but every true believer has committed himself or herself to follow Jesus Christ. I do believe that as we have seen you can be a follower of Jesus and not be a real Christian....There are some disciples who aren't real, but there are no believers who aren't disciples.

Matthew says make disciples. Mark says preach the gospel. Luke says proclaim repentance for forgiveness and speak of the death and resurrection of Christ. It's all one and the same. The great commission then is to preach the death and resurrection of Christ, preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins, call for faith to make disciples. That sums it all up. The mission of the church is to make disciples, to bring people into an intimate relationship with God through faith in Christ Jesus. Disciples are people who believe the gospel, people who have turned from their sin to embrace the forgiveness of God, people who have had a transformed life so that they are motivated to obey what the Lord has commanded them.
~ John MacArthur

The big question of life is... "Why are we here?" The simple answer is to glorify God. We were not created to simply be happy and enjoy life as much as we can before we die. For the true follower of Christ, there is more to the Christian life than going to church on Sunday or feeding the poor. He commanded us to share the Gospel. Spread the message of repentance and faith. To be "the hands and feet of Jesus" means to be involved with the primary focus of His time on Earth... to reach the lost. Matthew 28: 16-20

We should be absolutely consumed with a passion for the lost. Some say the Gospel is to love others. Some say it's to help the poor. To serve. To sacrifice. To obey. All of those are certainly attributes of a Christian however, these acts of obedience are not the Gospel. By themselves, without the Cross, without repentance, without discipleship, these worthy deeds are simply the social gospel... Making life better on earth for people who are dying and going to hell. There is no greater demonstration of our love for God than to spread the Gospel.