“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…”
In order to be a New Testament church, we must not only worship God and build-up (disciple) believers, we must actively endeavor to reach people for Jesus Christ. This is not a job that is just for the Pastors and leaders in the church – it is for everyone in the church. This is a commandment by Jesus to all of us. We are all commanded and called to reach people. The command has to do with the obedience of actually going to reach people. The call has to do with the where (more than one place by the way) of going. In Acts 1:8, Jesus says to his disciples, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Here at BBC, we seek to obey Jesus’s command by endeavoring to reach our neighbors and the nations. Every group, from our Sunday School Small Groups to our Student and Children’s ministries, is asked to be involved in reaching our neighbors and the nations. It is not neighbors or the nations. It is not neighbors first, then the nations. We seek to reach both.