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, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.
Acts 1:8. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Matthew 25:35-36. I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.
The passage from Matthew 28 is called “The Great Commission.” Jesus clearly says that our primary mission is to make disciples.
As Christians, we receive the Holy Spirit when we accept God’s Extravagant Generosity, at our conversion. In Acts 1:8, Jesus tells the disciples that when they receive the Holy Spirit, they will be empowered to witness to Christ “in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” If “Jerusalem” is your family and close friends and your “Judea” is your neighborhood and extended circle of influence, where is your “Samaria” the first difficult place you are called to witness? We suggest it is the military society in which you work and serve.
The Matthew 25 passage again gives us the word of Jesus identifying a broad range of ways to live in ministry and witness to the spiritual concerns of the Great Commission and also to the physical and social concerns of hunger, poverty, health care, and social justice. This interpretation is a strong part of our Christian heritage.
The OCF purpose statement reads: To glorify God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society. In 2 Corinthians 5:20, the Apostle Paul describes Christians as Christ’s ambassadors to a lost world. We believe God calls military believers to be His ambassadors to the Armed Forces integrating faith and profession with excellence. We are His hands and feet.
- How inviting is your OCF Bible study to outsiders?
- What is the greatest obstacle to your generosity of time, talent or treasure?
- Do you regularly “witness” on the strength of your professional excellence?
- What steps can you take personally or as a group to be His hands and feet starting with your local community this year?