Greetings Church! During my prayer time this week I have been thinking about God’s heart for the nations and the Haiti team as they share the Good News during their trip this week. If you have never been on a mission trip I challenge you to consider getting connected with one of the many mission’s opportunities that are available in the church. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to attend my first international missions trip two years ago and it was an experience that truly reignited my passion for the call to make disciples of Christ, a calling that the Bible refers to as The Great Commission.

For those who are unfamiliar with the phrase “The Great Commission,” it comes from the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus calls his disciples to “make disciples of all nations” as well as baptizing these new believers and teaching them everything that Christ commanded and taught. God’s covenant with Abraham that “all nations on earth will be blessed” through his offspring is fulfilled by Christ, and the Great Commission is the finalization of God’s plan to reconcile mankind to Himself. We know from God’s Word that apart from Christ there can be no salvation and that we are eternally separated from God, a truth that should motivate us to live in radical abandonment for the sake of the call to make disciples above all else. The Apostle Paul speaks very strongly concerning the need for the church to be fully committed to disciple-making as he proclaims;

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?[1]

So, what does that mean for us as a church and how can we take this final command from our Lord seriously and engage in the Great Commission? Many times, the Great Commission is used in the context of international missions, however, that is only scratching the surface of the Great Commission’s scope. To “make disciples of all nations” does require many people to leave their homelands, but Jesus’ main focus remains on the task of all believers to duplicate themselves wherever they may be.[2] God has strategically placed you amongst your friends, families, coworkers, and acquaintances to be His witness and for the furtherment of His kingdom. The call to make disciples is for everyone, we are all missionaries, you might be the only Jesus the people you come in contact with will ever see. The question is, are you ready to commit to making disciples and embrace this opportunity that God has placed in your life, are you ready to answer the Master’s call?

I hope that you are both challenged and encouraged from this discussion on the Great Commission. I know that the Great Commission has had a profound impact on my life and I would love to have a conversation sometime and share how God has radically changed my life through this call. Last week we looked at Jonah and Pastor Brad talked about God’s desire for Ninevites to be saved and it once again demonstrated His heart for the Nations. Don’t miss this Sunday as we will be finishing up our series on fasting and will be learning how to take all that we have learned these last three weeks and begin to practice the spiritual discipline of fasting. Don’t miss it!

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Mark

[1] The New International Version. (2011). (Ro 10:14). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
[2] Blomberg, C. (1992). Matthew (Vol. 22, p. 431). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
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