The Truth Series: How do I know I genuinely believe the truth? (Part 19)

by | Mar 3, 2024 | Mission | 0 comments

We can know that we truly believe when we desire to join with Jesus’ people and heed his final words. Jesus’ parting words to his disciples are a concise commission to continue his mission of salvation together to all peoples to the end of the ages (Matthew 28:16-20). When we become his disciples his commission becomes our heart’s desire. So, you know you believe when you begin gathering with God’s People and sharing the redeeming truths of Jesus.

The gospel message is clear: If the entire problem with the world is that people are estranged from God, then reconciliation to God in Jesus as the Christ is the message all must hear and receive (Mark 1:14-15, John 3:1-21, 34, Romans 10:14-17). We, who have experienced this reconciliation, want the same for others.

The mission of Jesus is two-fold: First, is his mission in and to his people as they follow him (Mark 1:17a, Jude 1:20-21, John 17:17). Second, is his mission through his people to others who have yet to believe in him (Mark 1:17b, Jude 1:22-23, John 17:20). All Jesus’ disciples are called, in one way or another, to both aspects of his mission.

However, it is a challenging mission in the midst of a world that does not want to believe (Matthew 10:16-39, John 15:18-25, Romans 8:5-9). Yet, we need not fear participation, but rather to walk in faith and be used of Jesus in his redeeming mission (Matthew 10:40-42, John 15:16-17, 26-27, Acts 8:4-8, 18:1-11).

Furthermore, when we come to believe we will want to be a part of Jesus’ Church—his people—who are being renewed in preparation for a new world to come (Ephesians 4:1-16, Colossians 3:12-17, Hebrews 10:19-25, Revelation 21:1-8). While there is great joy, purpose, support, encouragement, and belonging in a local church there are also relational struggles, trials, and problems as people, who were once self-serving rebels, are now trying to learn to live as redeemed image bearers in Christ. It is not a clean, easy process at times. Yet, the good news is that the Church is the Father’s training ground for his children and is critical to his mission in us and through us. We can take heart, for our Father has given us his Spirit of grace to enable, empower, and help us to live and serve together in his mission (Ephesians 2:1-3, 8-10, Philippians 2:1-11).

When we return to worshipping the Father, through his Son Jesus in the power of his Holy Spirit, we desire to be among his people and we long for others to likewise hear the gospel and return home with us (Hebrews 10:24-25, Luke 15:11-32, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

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