God’s Design For The Church
God has a beautiful strategy for reaching the world through multiplying churches. Read on, and discover Gods design for the Church as the Body of Christ and His strategic plan to fulfill His Great Commission.
Did you know that the ultimate goal of all disciple-making and leadership development is planting churches? And that new people will hear the gospel, by connecting with these new churches?
We can better understand the biblical mandate of planting fellowships of disciples that multiply themselves by exploring the following;
God designed everything for a specific purpose. So, if we are to understand the significance and role of the Church, we need to look carefully at His intent and design. His design and purpose for the Church is one of the most beautiful and amazing truths we can understand.
What is the Church?
1. The Church is the Body of Christ
In both cases, “church” is referring to the group of people who represent Jesus to the world.
The official Global Disciples definition of “church” is a growing community of disciples centered in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and focused on mission.
Therefore, the evidence of such a community is seen in their devotion to God’s Word, the quality and depth of their fellowship. And a joyful sharing of their lives that’s celebrated in worship, communion, baptism, and a life saturated in prayer.
2. The Church is God’s revelation for the world
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” – Ephesians 3:10.
This passage teaches us that God has chosen the church to make known His manifold wisdom to the universe.
Of course, He intends for each of us to represent Him to the world.
But, scripture makes it very clear that it is His plan to reveal Himself through the Church.
However, the Church is God’s plan of salvation and restoration of the world is revealed through His Body.
In what way does God intend to reveal Himself to the world through the Church?
God intends to reveal His character, His power, and His love through the Church.
God’s strategy is a corporate strategy; it is not accomplishable by an individual. No wonder that Jesus said of His disciples,
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”
– John 13:35.
3. The Church is God’s strategy to fulfill the Great Commission
“Therefore 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”
– Matthew 28:19
We cannot accomplish this mission simply by doing evangelism.
Obviously, we need to share Christ with those who are not believers.
But Jesus talks about making disciples, not simply making converts.
But, the fulfillment of this Great Commission requires the multiplication of churches among each and every ethnic group.
His intention was for His disciples to join together and form a community that worships God, serves one another, and reaches out.
However, this is also where discipleship happens, this is where baptism takes place. This is where disciples are taught to obey and follow Jesus. This is God’s strategy to fulfill the Great Commission.
As it is recorded in the Book of Acts, when people committed their lives to follow Christ, baptism and discipleship were present. (Acts 2:41–47). And as Peter Wagner puts it, “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.”
Gods Design For The Church In The Book Of Acts
So, its clear that church planting is in the package of the Great Commission that Jesus has given us.
When we focus on fulfilling Jesus’ mission, then the multiplication of fellowships of disciples becomes natural (Acts 1:8).
We can’t accomplish this by establishing a single fellowship of disciples somewhere and inviting every new disciple to be part of that one fellowship.
The strategy requires many churches to be planted wherever disciples are being made. Therefore, establishing fellowships of disciples (planting churches) reflects our obedience to the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the master builder of His Church, and we are simply co-laborers with Him. He says, “I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 3:6). As we obey by going and making disciples, Jesus continues to build His Church in and through us (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 3:6).
You’ve got an incredibly vital part to play! May we all continue to be co-laborers with the best builder of all time!
About Global Disciples
Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!
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