Discipleship = Relationship + Mission

Lane Corley

One way we see New Testament Christianity framed in the ministry of Christ is in the connection between relationship and mission.

Mark 3:14 says,

“he (Jesus) appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him (RELATIONSHIP) and he might send them out to preach (MISSION).”

Then speaking to his post-resurrection followers, Jesus says in John 20:21-22,

“As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you (MISSION). And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit'” (RELATIONSHIP).

Then before ascending to heaven, he gave his followers their marching orders for the rest of time in Matthew 28:19-20,

“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 (MISSION). And behold…

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