This core value made for a great four-part series because when a church looks honestly at its call to make disciples, they are forced to:
- Assess its surroundings--our culture--and determine if the call is still relevant or not, and...
- Judge whether it is fulfilling the call or not, and...
- Evaluate whether its application is succeeding or not, and...
- Project whether it will continue the same strategies or develop new ones.
This is how I organized the sermons to address these difficult tasks:
- Week 1 - "The Great Commission: Missions" - a sermon arguing that the call to "go and make disciples" is not only relevant it's needed now more than in the last 200 years in North America.
- Week 2 - "The Great Omission: Discipleship" - a sermon lamenting our failure to truly disciple new believers after conversion.
- Week 3 - "The Current Condition" - a sermon sharing the unhealthy state of the Christian Church in America, the unfortunate reality of so few people faithfully attending church on the Big Island (4%), and what we must do about it.
- Week 4 - "We are a Missionary People" - a sermon pointing to the Biblical strategy of missions as being a blessing to those around us and radically displaying God's grace in our lives.
Let me summarize the heart of this series: God is a Missionary God (always pursuing sinners and offering LIFE and forgiveness), Jesus was a Missionary from the first day of his ministry ("assimilating" here to seek and to save the lost) and the Spirit is a Missionary Sending Spirit (read the book of Acts!). And we are called to follow in suit, especially in this hour of darkness where 96,000 are lost on the Kona Coast alone. The call to witness and disciple is not only relevant, IT'S URGENT! And unfortunately bible thumping (which is so easy and convenient) simply doesn't work anymore; however, the timeless strategy of blessing (read about God's covenant with Abraham--I love this!) still proves to be the best way to "prove" God's love for people.
I enjoy wrestling with our call to make disciples BECAUSE IT FORCES US TO COME TO GRIPS WITH WHETHER WE ARE TRULY BEING FAITHFUL OR NOT.
There are no two ways around the Great Commission. Either you're doing the two things it mandates or you're not. Are we seeing people come to NEW LIFE in Christ (conversions) and are we legitimately WALKING WITH PEOPLE INTO MATURITY in the faith (discipleship)?
It's a yes or no question, really.
To bring it home: ARE WE FULFILLING OUR CALL TO BE MISSIONARIES RIGHT HERE WHERE WE LIVE, reaching the lost and discipling the found at all costs (1 Cor. 9:22)?
KCN is committed to shouting: "YES! YES! YES!" now and many years in the future.
CORE VALUE #4: WE ARE MISSIONARIES HERE
On mission with you,