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Jesus' Original Vision

Welcome to this series of blog posts exploring Grace Church's value of Outward Focus. This is part two of an eight-part series published over eight consecutive days.

by Derek Sanford on August 18, 2021

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." – Matthew 28:19-20

Peter Drucker says it's the human propensity to start with a clear vision and to get it muddied up along the way. It's just kind of what happens to human beings in organizations. Drucker also said that it's important for organizations to consistently ask two related questions, "What business are we in?" and "How's business?"

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus wanted to make sure that his followers would never fall prey to that fuzziness. It's called the great commission. From the start, he wanted the first Christians to know what business they were in. He said for everyone to hear, "Here is what I want my followers to do. I want you to lead people to faith, and I want you to disciple them into maturity." Another way of saying it is, "I want you to make new believers. I want you to help existing believers to be constantly growing in their faith."

Then Jesus unveiled the organization through which this great commission was going to be carried out. He decided to create the church. Throughout the history of Christianity, the effectiveness of local churches has always been measured against this great commission. The question has always been, are new people finding a relationship with Jesus? And are existing believers growing up?

Grace church's mission is derived directly from this commission. We say that

We exist to make and to be fully devoted followers of Jesus.

And our core value, "outward focused," can be traced all the way back to the original vision of Jesus for his church. Making more disciples. Reaching people who are far from God. Mobilizing the 'insiders' to reach the 'outsiders.' There are five reasons we're outward focused…

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