It’s graduation season, and recently we as a congregation shared in two great joys together!
One: celebrating the achievement of our high schoolers and college students graduating
Two: commissioning them out from our church.
For students, taking these next steps and moving away from your home, from what is comfortable and known, is scary and daunting to many. This is why every year that we have commissioned our graduates, we have given them the gift of a Bible. The Bible is the Word of God. It is a light to our path and firm foundation upon which we find our sure footing. But this year we also chose to give our graduates another gift – a second Bible. This second Bible was intended for one purpose in keeping with our vision to make disciples of Jesus Christ: to give away.
We commissioned the graduates with an exhortation from second Corinthians chapter five. It is the most explicit text of Scripture to show us our new identity in Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old is gone, the new is here!” — II Corinthians 5:17
With that new identity comes new purpose, and that is to be Christ’s ambassadors here on this earth (verse 20). As Christ’s ambassadors, our goal is to bring the message of reconciliation—the Gospel—to this world. Our commission for graduates is to remember that this life is not merely about finishing your next step of education or landing the job you want. Even greater on our minds should be the burden of sharing the Gospel of Jesus and bringing others into discipleship. Our hope is that as our graduates leave here and move onto the next stage in life having tasted and seen our vision here at Wellspring Church: “To glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ.”
by Andrew Boluyt.