Matthew 28:19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
In the great commission to the church, the Lord Jesus commanded his disciples to preach the Gospel to the lost, baptize the believers and then teach them.
From the book of Acts we find that the early Christians did just that and that God confirmed His word with signs and wonders, just as He said He would do in the following:
Mark 16:20And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with [them], and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Some general statements.
The heart beat of any church must be the salvation of souls. The scriptures declare that without a vision the people perish. In my estimation many churches in the body of Christ has lost the vision and in an effort to find purpose have adopted the world's view of what the church is and is about.
Many have departed from preaching the cross. WHY?
The preaching of the cross is foolish to the lost.
1Corinthians 1:18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
The preaching of the cross is offensive.
Galatians 5:11And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
In an effort to not offend anyone, many have adopted a plan of good works and have ceased to preach Christ.
Churches that once boldly proclaimed Christ on the streets, have been reduced to ringing bells at Christmas time to gather donations.
In the pursuit of money to enlarge our beautiful buildings, we have given ourselves whole heartily to ice cream socials, chicken dinners and the like, all to the delight of Satan and those who desire the kind of preaching that tickles the ear.
Matthew 7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Matthew 7:14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Why did Jesus Christ die a horrible death on the cross?
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Mark10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
John 14:12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Shame! Shame! Shame! to those that have abandoned the mission.
1Co 3:10According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
In this teaching I hope to lay out a general overview of our Heavenly Father's Plan. A plan that His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ was willing to die for. How dare we change it.