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God's Vision For Us

Brian Mashburn

January 13, 2019

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God's Vison For Us

Any church that is not making disciples of Jesus is off its mission. If there is such a thing as a "mission statement" for those who follow Jesus found in scripture, it is in Matthew 28, where Jesus meets with his first followers at an unforgettable meeting that took place just after he died and rose from the dead(!), and just before he ascended into Heaven(!). He said, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." So, any church that is not making disciples of Jesus is off its mission.

And any church that does not operate from the motive of love as its highest priority is equally off mission. If there is such a thing as a non-negotiable for those who follow Jesus found in scripture, it is found in Matthew 22, where Jesus answers the burning question felt by any sincere lover of God: "What is the MOST important command?" He said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." So, any church that is not demonstrating a heart of love, no matter what law they are getting right, they are getting it wrong, and they are off mission.

That is why Southwest exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ through loving relationships with God and others. We want to be on mission. Not ours. We want to be on God's mission.

Currently, our leadership has called us to cast our sights "beyond us, beyond here" in faithfulness to this vision. Without neglecting any of us that are here, we are called to love and make disciples of those beyond us, beyond here.

Are you on mission?

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