of Jesus who make disciples!
the risen Christ was about to ascend into heaven He gave this
charge to His followers:
came up and said to them, "All authority (all power of
absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help
the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words],
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and
of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe everything
that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining
with you perpetually-regardless of circumstance, and on every
occasion], even to the end of the age." Mt. 28:18-120
Jesus was saying to his followers:
"what I have done with you, the way I have shared my
life with you, the way I have befriend you, loved you, served
you, and taught you about the Father, this is exactly what
I want you to do with others, even if they are different than
you." This Great Commission is not only for the first
disciples, but it is for all of us who believe in Christ.
But Jesus did not leave His
disciples orphaned to accomplish this great task. He gave
them the power of His Holy Spirit. It is only in the power
of His Spirit that we can make disciples in the Central Valley
today. So our mission at PCF is simply "to make disciples
of Jesus in the Central Valley who make other disciples."
When Jesus arrived in his
native town of Nazareth He read the following Scripture from
the book of Isaiah as His mission statement.
Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:18-19
This Scripture defines more
clearly the process of transformation that every disciple
needs to go through as we live in God's kingdom.
- Spirit - We are partners
with the Holy Spirit in proclaiming the good news of the
gospel to those who are hungry for Him: the poor, the broken
hearted and desperate ones.
- Spiritual Transformation-
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not only that Jesus died for
us but that we are transformed by His Spirit into His likeness.
He lives inside of us to make us like Him.
- Freedom- The Gospel sets
us free from our past hurts, sins and addictions. We are
free to love and to serve Him in our families and community.
- Grace- We proclaim a gospel
of grace which summons us to surrender our very own lives
to Jesus Christ. This is costly grace.
grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again
and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door
at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because
it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls
us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs
a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man
the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin,
and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all,
it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son:
'Ye were bought at a price', and what has cost God much
cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because
God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for
our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is
the Incarnation of God."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship