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The Mission of the Church - Part 9
One of the clearest directives Jesus has given us is known as the Great Commission. We read in Matthew 28:18–20 that we are to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded. For the Church to fulfill this important task, we must be willing to go wherever the Lord asks and serve in whatever way He directs. We’re not alone in this endeavor, however, as the Lord has given us the Holy Spirit to empower and equip us to accomplish this exciting mission. There is no greater adventure on the planet than to be part of the expansion of God’s kingdom on earth. The purpose of this study is to help you catch Jesus’ vision for the world and to assist you in fully embracing your calling as a disciple of Jesus – to make disciples for Christ in your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
This resource is part of a series on Heart and Mind Discipleship. Click here to listen to the full series
Joel Woodruff, President, C.S. Lewis Institute, has worked in higher education, “tent-making,” nonprofit administration, and pastoral ministries in Alaska, Israel, Hungary, France, and Northern Virginia. He served as Dean of Students, Chaplain, and Professor of Bible & Theology at European Bible Institute, where he helped train Europeans both for professional ministry and to be Christian leaders in the marketplace. Prior to joining the Institute, he was on the leadership team of Oakwood Services International, a nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, earned his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and has a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. As a Parish-Pulpit Fellow, he studied Biblical Backgrounds & Archaeology in Israel for a year.