Two of the most well-known passages of Scripture are those that are referred to as the “Great Commandment” and the “Great Commission.”
The Great Commandment gives a summary of the ethic of Christian living – LOVE. “And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matt 22:37-39) We are to love God with all our hearts and our souls and our minds. The love for God that we have through Christ spills over to a love for our neighbor as well (Luke 10:25-37) so that how we relate to others is part of our worship of God as well. Love for God properly encompasses every aspect of our lives, making our lives an act of worship to God (Rom 12:1).
The Great Commission gives the church clarity concerning what it should be doing. “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:18-20) That people would be being baptized presupposes they have heard and accepted the gospel. If they heard it then it was proclaimed, what is called Evangelism – proclaiming the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The other aspect of the command is to “teach them all that I have commanded you,” what is called Discipleship. Discipleship is most effective when it takes place within the fellowship of the church.
Taken together, then, the Great Commandment and the Great Commission emphasize three areas of activity as primary for any church: Worship, Biblical Fellowship, and Evangelism. Sunday worship strengthens and encourages a life of Worship. Biblical Fellowship promotes growth in the faith, providing opportunities for discipling, discipleship and mentoring relationships. Evangelism blesses us with opportunities to share and be strengthened in our faith.
If you’d like to connect, or connect more deeply, to the life of Decatur Bible Church commit to those three areas of Christian living. Regularly attend Sunday Worship services. Seek out a Home Group to meet with, and/or develop growth relationships with others in the church. Commit to faithfully sharing Christ with others. If you do, you’ll find that you are surrounded by others prayerfully seeking to submit their lives to Christ in doing the same.