Follower of Jesus
What is the mission of the church? Just before Jesus returned to heaven, 40 days after his resurrection, he gathered his followers up onto a mountain. This is what happened:
“And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)
What happened next in the book of Acts? The followers of Jesus don’t scratch their heads and ask, ‘How do we do that? How do we make disciples of Jesus?’ They waited for power from on high, they waited for the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost to empower them in the mission, but there was complete clarity about how to go about making disciples.