Developing Ministry Teams to foster Church Unity at Broadway Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky.
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Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 28:19 to “make disciples of all nations.” This evangelistic work of declaring the gospel is the primary ministry that the church has toward the world. Carrying out the Great Commission requires a diversity of gifts. Matthew 16:18 teaches that Jesus Christ himself builds the church by calling his people to himself. Luke tells believers in Acts 2:47 that the growth of the church came not by human effort alone, but that “the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” This process whereby Christ builds the church is just a continuation of the pattern established by God in the Old Testament whereby he called people to himself to be a worshiping assembly before him (Deut 4:10). For God’s people to worship together and carry out evangelistic work, it requires unity.