“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20).

The purpose of the church is never defined by the personal wants, desires, or preferences of the membership. By virtue of his absolute authority, Jesus has command over our lives and his church. As a soldier is given marching orders, so the church has been commissioned for a specific task. The objective of congregational life isn’t to provide entertainment for consumers but to mobilize, train, and equip God’s army to be a missional presence in our world.

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