Near the end of their recently published book, Nick Roark and Robert Cline, offer a nice compressed statement of what the mission of the church is as it scatters each week. It would be worth reading below and unpacking the thoughts with a fellow church member.
When the church scatters, we seek to be disciples of Jesus who scatter the saving message of his grace wherever we go because “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13). We pray for the Lord to rescue our lost family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers (Rom. 10:1). We boldly and humbly share the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation, because “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17), and because the gospel alone is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16).
When the church scatters, we approach all our various vocations as ways to honor our King. This means seeking to love the Lord and to love our neighbors in every sphere of our lives. Being a disciple of the King means that no matter where you are, you are living for his glory and working for him. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24). These efforts are done not in isolation but rather as part of the fellowship and community of the local church. (Biblical Theology, pgs. 113-114)
Think about their statements in light of our call as a church to be disciples and make disciples.
- How could you be more mindful of this call in your day to day life?
- How should you be more prayerful in light of this call in your day to day life?
- How could you be more faithful to this call in your day to day life?
- How could you become more accountable to this call with the help of your fellow church members?