One of the most quoted Scriptures in the Church has been known as “The Great Commission.”
It is found in Matthew 28:19-20: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The part where is says “go” has always intrigued me. Sure, it’s an action Jesus commands, but I started to think of it differently as of late. We often think it’s to leave our hometown, go across town, maybe even take a mission trip to another country. All of that’s important, but what if we think about this command instead with its more accurate translation “as you go.” As you go, make disciples. It’s taking on life as a mission instead of going on mission.What if we went about our day differently with making disciples in mind? Click To Tweet
We can make disciples in many settings, even a movie theater.
Many people already know by now that Mosaic Church meets in a movie theater. It’s what sociologists have coined as a “third space.”
The first space is commonly a person’s home where they spend a lot of their time.
The second space is a person’s place of employment.
The third space is a place where people hangout out for leisure, like a café, library or park.
There is something that puts people at ease being in a third space. A movie theater is a nonthreatening place. People associate the smell of popcorn and relaxing seats with a movie theater. The theater has also become a place on Sunday mornings where people have encountered God’s presence and love. Even some of the employees at The Rave have joined in on some of the worship…as you go.
It’s easy to come to worship, not talk to anyone and leave. We’ve all been there before. This is precisely why we have started something called, “The After Party.” We choose a lunch place within The Greene to bless with our business after worship. The awesome part is that we have found places to bless, but those places have also been a blessing to us…as you go
Potbelly’s gives us free cookies or chips with every purchase. BD’s Monogolian Grill gives us 20% off purchases on the 1st Sunday of the month, and the 3rd Sunday donates 20% of Mosaic lunch bills to Joshua Recovery Ministries which is one of our partners…as you go.
Since we don’t have a dedicated Worship Center we can have access to during the week, we utilize third spaces and homes for Connect Groups, our prime way of making disciples at Mosaic Church.
A great example of this is when 30 of us gathered together this past Wednesday night to kick off our Mosaic Night Out with the “End of Me” book study. There was great excitement as we took over the back room of Pies and Pints at The Greene. People had meaningful conversation and met others for the first time…as you go.
Mosaic is more than a church that meets in a movie theater. We are a church for God’s mission. So no matter where you find yourself or where you go, remember, make disciples “as you go” anywhere.