CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI—As CNBC president Hamish Buntain brought his message to the Annual Convention, he challenged attendees to live the kind of life that is foundational to who we have been, based on scripture that he believes has shaped us even in this day:
Matthew 28:16–20, “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
“I really think this scripture describes a specific kind of life that is for every follower of Jesus,” said Buntain. “And it is this kind of life that we experience, that makes it incomparable to any other life.” He described this kind of life with three phrases, challenging attendees to live a “sent life,” a “disciple-making life” and a “Jesus-friended life.”
“A sent life – We have been sent. We are not meant to sit around waiting and making our situation as comfortable as possible until Jesus returns. We have been given an assignment. And that assignment by its very nature requires movement. A movement toward people. For that is where the work of disciple making is done, in the lives of people. Every believer, every church, needs to learn the truth of this verb.
“A disciple-making life – Our assignment is to make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commanded. That’s it! That’s the reason for our existence as God’s people.
“A Jesus-friended life – Do you understand what a beautiful thing it is to be sent by Jesus? The glory is not in just being sent. And it’s not just that we get to witness the transformation of lives that happens in disciple-making. But it is because ours is a Jesus-friended life. In John 15 verse 12 and following, Jesus said this, ‘You are my friends if you do what I command …’
“At the heart of the Christian faith is this friendship. A grace-filled, extravagant, life-transforming friendship. In Christ, God has made us, who were once His enemies, friends.
“Let us resolve then to live this incomparable life of ‘sentness’ to disciple-making as friends until He has dominion.”
Reprinted from the August 2018 CNBC Horizon. Read more here.