By Thea Colebank
“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.”
- Matthew 28:19-20
The Great Commission given at the end of Matthew is the final instruction Christ gives to His
disciples. In these final words, Christ emphasized to His followers their responsibility to take the
Gospel throughout the world and empower believers in their Christian identity. In the same way
that Christ commissioned the disciples to teach and spread the Good News, the mission for the
Body of Christ today continues to be one focused on empowering a generation with the
knowledge of who they are and who their God is!
Last summer, God began to move on our hearts here at MGO to apply the objectives embedded
in the Great Commission in a new way. After much prayer and preparation throughout the spring
and summer of 2020, MGO launched a two-day-a-week educational program known as
R.E.A.C.H. In the launching and operation of R.E.A.C.H, More Grace Outreach has expanded
our application of the Great Commission to reach the youth in our community through education
and spiritual discipleship.
Although both teaching and discipleship have their challenges, God has continued to prove
Himself faithful in the lives of our students. In the month of May, we hosted graduation for six of
our seventeen students. To commemorate this monumental achievement in their lives, MGO
hosted a graduation event where we recognized their educational accomplishments throughout
the year. This event highlighted the achievements of students through presentations, an address
from their class speaker, and concluded with a banquet for the students and their families.
While the graduation of our students marks an educational milestone, it also serves as the
launching point for them to pursue the will of God for their lives. More Grace Outreach is
honored to have contributed to the educational and spiritual development of six amazing
graduates. As we close out the 2020/21 school year and prepare for the fall, we stand firm in our
commitment to propel the Great Commission forward in the lives of the youth in our community.
God is not done with this generation!
By Stephen Luffy
"Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord." - Psalm 4:5 ESV
The grace of God is dynamic, and often takes shape in several different ways. In the obvious sense, his grace covers our sin and permits us relationship with him, but it can also manifest in his patience with our everyday dealings that may not be so sinful. Among his many graces offered to us is an absolute clarity on his will for our lives, should we only seek to understand it. I have heard from many with more experience and found in my own life that God is very clear about what he wants from us, where he would like us to go, what he would like us to do, and so on.
However, with the understanding of his will, we often find ourselves facing a newfound internal conflict. Are we willing to do what the Lord asks?
The very word "sacrifice" brings with it a sense of loss, and never in scripture will we see the Lord guide a Christian without some level of sacrifice required. Sacrifice can be incredibly difficult, but it is not enough to simply offer just any sacrifice; we must offer the right sacrifice. This is where things get tough.
We see this challenge demonstrated in the life of Cain (Genesis 4), the Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10), and many more. When we diligently seek the Lord, we will inevitably reach a time where he requires something of us that hurts. It was not enough for Abraham to offer another animal sacrifice. God asked for his only son, the promise of Abraham's life and future. We can offer God anything, but what action will we take when he asks of us something truly difficult?
When looking at the sacrifice, we must remember that God is good all the time. Often we will find that the the pain of sacrifice does not last long in the light of the grace God gives us as a result. He always has our best interest at heart.