On Sunday, CityLife had its first ever Vision Night. With close to 200 people in attendance, I was blown away by so many who are solidly with us as a church and are committed to seeing our church have an impact in the city of Los Angeles.
And, the greatest part of the night? Baptizing 5 people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. It was amazing!
I gave a financial update about where our church is at and talked about our vision as we move forward. I mainly used the text from the Bible that is found in Matthew 28:18-20. It states,
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Ever since starting CityLife, I have had the opportunity to baptize around five people who I have personally led to Christ. There is nothing that compares to being able to walk with someone who is crossing the line of salvation, giving their lives fully to Jesus! It’s one thing for me to preach and see people come to Jesus…it’s a wholly different thing to personally walk with people as they encounter Jesus.
And, that’s why these verses are so important. I could write a long post about those verses, but I want to focus on one simple concept:
Disciples make disciples.
Jesus, a little before ascending to heaven, pulls his disciples together and tells them to make disciples.
Notice this: Jesus didn’t pull pastors together and tell them to make disciples. He didn’t pull a group of prophets or teachers together and tell them to make disciples. He didn’t grab apostles or even evangelists.
He told his disciples to make disciples.
If you are a disciple of Jesus, then you are called to make disciples. You are called to walk with others as they are on their journey of faith. You are called to baptize them as they place their faith in Jesus. You are called to continue walking with them as they too become a follower of Jesus Christ.
Not some Super Christian or some theological genius.
Not the pastor, worship leader, small group leader, or anyone else with the title or qualifications.
Go for it! You can do this! God’s spirit is with you!
Go and disciple today.