The Great Commission extended by Christ to all the Church is a call to grow the Church. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Mat 28:19 RSV)
- How does the Church “grow?”
- How can we contribute to her growth?
How does the Church grow?
The Church of Jesus Christ grows from the inside to the outside. The Church above all is an interior union with Jesus, a union that is formed in prayer, Word and sacraments; and upon the dispositions of faith, hope, and charity.
How can we contribute to her growth?
So what must Christians do to help grow the Church. We must strive above all to ensure that we nurture faith, hope and charity in our daily life. That we pray daily. Love and prayer build up the Church in the sense that it strengthens her, builds community, and keeps our heart open to God.