Because of the fall and the entrance of sin and death into human experience, the people of God have before them not only the cultural task but also the evangelistic task of calling sinners into a saving relationship with the Lord God. The goal of this evangelistic task is the transformation of covenant breakers into covenant keepers for the joy of eternal life with God, but also to fulfill their task on earth of bringing all things under the authority of Christ in the building of his kingdom. We are fellow workers with Christ (1 Corinthians 3:9) and will participate with him in the victory over Satan, sin, and death that is promised. The day is coming when Jesus Christ will lead justice to victory and the nations of the world will put their hope in him (Matthew 12:20). Jesus will reign until he has put all enemies under his feet, and the last enemy to be destroyed is death.
The church will accomplish the task assigned to her. The nations will be brought to faith in Jesus Christ. God’s people will joyfully yield obedience to the commands of Christ as they live in union and communion with their Father in heaven.
From the perspective of the covenant, we gain a better understanding of the breadth of the evangelistic task assigned to the church.
The Great Commission speaks not only of bringing sinners to the “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4), but also expressly of teaching the converted to obey everything that our Lord has commanded (Matthew 28:20). The week-by-week instruction of God’s people in what they are to believe and what God is asking them to do in this life is evangelism and disciple making. From the covenantal perspective, every sermon is an evangelistic sermon.
At Grace Covenant, we place a strong emphasis with our church family to be followers (disciples) of Jesus Christ. We are to BE discipled and we are to MAKE disciples. Christ commands it for the joy of his people.