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The Great Commission – say what?

“51% of all those who go to church do not know of the Great Commission”. That is the findings of Barna Research from back in 2018. Imagine if that question was asked today.

It is clear from Scripture that God calls Christians to share the most important truth in the history of mankind, the path to eternal life with God. The proof text of that command comes at the end of the book of Matthew.

Matthew 28:19-20 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus was speaking to his disciples, shortly before ascending into Heaven. As with much of the Bible, His command to his contemporary followers is, by extension, a command for Christians today.

To make “disciples” is to share the truth of God’s Word, to baptize those who have acknowledged their willingness to follow Christ as Savior and Lord and to teach what God has written as a love letter to mankind, the Bible.

This Great Commission began as the early church was forming and repeated in Biblical churches today.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

That same Holy Spirit resides in every believer.

Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The sad reality is that just more than half of all churchgoers say they do not know the term, Great Commission. Of the remaining adults polled, 25% recognized the phrase, but did not know what it meant, 6% were not sure, and the remaining 17% knew what it referred to in the Bible.

This is where we stood as a nation in 2018. Seventeen percent of churchgoing adults understood the phrase, “Great Commission”. How many of those actually engage in evangelism? How many of those are under the age of 50? Finally, where do we stand today, four years later, in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world?

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