Was Jesus’ Mission Different Than Ours?

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Maybe this is just the ramblings of a sleep deprived traveler…but here’s what I’m wondering:

Do you think Jesus’ mission was different than ours?  So many of our current conversations find their biblical basis in Matthew 28:18-20 (the Great Commission).  It does seem to be our assignment or at least one of our assignments.  After all, it’s also very clear that the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) is more than a suggestion…don’t you think?

What about everything Jesus said about coming to seek and save the lost?  What about His teaching in Luke 15?  Was that not His mission?  Was it His and not ours?

I was telling some friends last week that my passion is connecting unconnected people.  When I see the crowds I have compassion for them because they really are harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36).  When I see them as Jesus saw them I am learning to do what Jesus said to do.  See also, Four Leading Indicators of Small Group Ministries That Make Disciples.

Am I excused from making disciples?  No.  Can our mission of making disciples surplant the need to seek and save the lost?  No.  Both are essential.

What do you think?  Have a question?  Want to argue?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

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  1. Bob Wilson on June 13, 2013 at 6:05 am

    In a word, no.

    I think most dont have a clue, let alone a mission. Few understand Mt 28:18-20, not realizing that the Greek is more accurately translated “As you are going” vs “Go ye”.

    Mt 22:36-39 defined Jesus’ priorities, and thus it defined His mission as well. If more Christians were capable of loving their neighbors as themselves, perhaps the drop in numbers of those who believe in the existence of God would be different (http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/belief-in-god-low-among-young-americans/).

    IMNSHO, the problem lies with Christian leaders who dont get I Thess 2:6-8:

    “We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were gentle among you.

    Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”

    Anyways, since you asked, that’s my .02.

  2. markchowell on June 13, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Thanks for jumping in here, Bob!


  3. Carl on June 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I agree with you, Mark! i agree with Bob, as well!

    My question to you is, “How do you start a conversation with a stranger, that will lead to the Gospel?” Thank you!


  4. brian phipps on June 14, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I believe Jesus had a bigger mission than just seeking and saving the lost… that was the first step. His bigger goal, which motivates me to GROW as well as disciple others, is in John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” I believe this is the essence of discipleship… having our intended joy restored. We were created without sin and shame. Sin and shame came through disobedience and significantly diminished our joy. Jesus, the second Adam, came to restore what was broken. I LOVE being a product of that mission, and being a part of carrying that mission on!

  5. markchowell on June 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Hi Carl…in general I think that conversations with “strangers” only occasionally lead directly to an opportunity to share the Gospel. At the same time, genuine concern and interest in neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family often leads to opportunities.


  6. markchowell on June 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Thanks Brian! Good stuff as usual.