Is What Is Supposed To Be Being Done, Actually Being Done?

What is the most basic question we should be asking ourselves as churches?
 
I would argue that the most basic question we should be asking ourselves is:
 
“Is what is supposed to be being done, actually being done?”
 
Some might argue that the most basic question is “Do we believe what we should believe?”
 
The reason that I disagree is that it is possible to claim to believe something without acting on those supposed beliefs. And ultimately, such inaction would then prove those beliefs to be hollow.
 
As John the Apostle wrote:
 
“We know that we have come to know [Jesus] if we keep his commands. Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did” (1 John 2:3-6).
 
In case you missed that, let me clarify:
 
SCRIPTURE teaches that proof that we know Jesus is that we DO the correct things, not that we believe the correct things.
 
Therefore, while it is important that we believe the correct things, the only proof that we believe the correct things is that we do the correct things.
 
While God knows the heart; we are instructed to determine what is in people’s hearts by their actions (Matthew 7:16-20, 15:18-20).
 
So, what should we be doing as churches?
 
Jesus’ final directive to church was the job He left for the church to do. It was what He “commissioned” the church to do in His absence. He commanded us to:
 
“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” (Matthew 28:19-20).
 
Therefore, what we should be doing as the church is making and baptizing disciples of Jesus who know and keep the words, teachings, commands, and example that Jesus gave during His earthly ministry (including His command to make more disciples).
 
And remember, John wrote that we are liars if we claim to know Jesus and fail to keep His commands (including His command to make disciples who know and keep all His commands).
 
Therefore, “Is what is supposed to be being done, actually being done?”
 
This is a simple enough question to answer.
 
Contrary to popular belief, Jesus gave more commands than “love God and love others.” (Grammatically, you can even argue that He never commanded those two things.)
 
Depending on how you count them, Jesus gave as many as 200-300+ commands.
 
However, Bill Hull wrote that Jesus’ commands could be narrowed down into about 50 categories.
 
Therefore, in order to keep the Great Commission as Jesus commanded it (and as proof that we are not lying when we say we know Jesus) at bare minimum we would have to teach the disciples of Jesus that we are making to know and keep at least those 50 commands.
 
So, in order to determine if we are doing what it is we are supposed to be doing, simply ask the disciples of Jesus that you are making how many of Jesus’ commands they know and are keeping.
 
And again, that is how SCRIPTURE teaches that we know for sure that we know Jesus.
 
Of course, if the disciples we are making are in the beginning stages of being trained to become disciples of Jesus, they won’t know all 50, …but they should at least know that there are more than 2.
 
And if anyone claims to be a mature disciple of Jesus… well…
 
How churches try to get around this is by saying, “Well, as long as we are just doing something; that’s good enough.”
 
Really?
 
Please go back and re-read the Great Commission and 1 John 2:3-6 and see if that excuse stands.
 
It really comes down to whether or not you truly believe that, “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
 
Because, Scripture TEACHES us that as disciples of Jesus we are to know and keep the words, teachings, commands, and example of Jesus.
 
Scripture REBUKES us for not teaching disciples of Jesus to know and keep all of His commands and teachings.
 
Scripture CORRECTS us from not doing as churches what we should be doing.
 
Scripture TRAINS IN RIGHTEOUSNESS by teaching us to imitate and obey Jesus as His disciple.
 
Because, if Scripture is inspired and inerrant, then the only acceptable proof that we personally know Jesus is that we know and keep all of His commands (including making more disciples who do the same) and that we imitate Him as His disciple.
 
To understand WHY it is so important that we imitate Jesus as His disciple by knowing and keeping His words, teachings, commands, and example; start reading here: