As early as the 2nd century, Ignatius of Antioch and other groups with differing ecclesiastical distinctives have sought to lay out what the marks of the church are. These distinctives range in scope and number. But, what if the singular act of Making Disciples comprises all of what the church is to be? I don’t want to be reductionistic here, but think about it. Jesus told his disciples to “go,” “make disciples of all ethnic groups,” “teach them to obey all that he commanded,” and “baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Within “all that He commanded” is everything the church is supposed to be. So, by making disciples, the church becomes all that God intended it to be. In other words,
“The church doesn’t make the mission, the mission makes the church. The Mission is Making Disciples”
What do you think?