The Great Commission—What Does It Mean to You?

The Great Commission—What Does It Mean to You?

January 13, 2021

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Discover the importance of God’s Word in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Would it surprise you to find that more than half of churchgoers today admit they don’t know what the term, the Great Commission means? In a report released in March 2018, Barna Research found that when asked, “Have you heard of the Great Commission?” 51% of churchgoers said, “No.” Six percent reported they were not sure; 17% said yes, they knew what it meant and 25% had heard of it but said they could not recall the exact meaning.

 

Matthew 28:18–20, records the words of Jesus, a.k.a. The Great Commission. “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (NKJV).

 

The Great Commission is sharing the Good News.

If you’ve ever known someone who met Christ in the midst of despair, you probably experienced their excitement. For them, this is the greatest news in the world, and they can’t keep it to themselves! Maybe your own salvation experience was something like that.

The Great Commission is making disciples.

The Great Commission doesn’t stop with sharing the basics of the gospel. Jesus said to make disciples, and that means teaching others how to live the Christian life.

The Great Commission is an expression of love.

The Great Commandment tells you to love God and to love your neighbors as yourself (Mark 12:28–31). Your heavenly Father, creator of the universe, loves you deeply. Every single person in the world needs to experience this truth. If we love God, we need to love each other (1 John 4:11–12Ephesians 5:1–2).

What’s Your Part in the Great Commission?
Read God’s Word

You can’t tell others what you don’t know yourself. Think about an activity you’re not very good at. Have you ever tried to teach someone how to do that activity? How did it turn out?

The more you read God’s Word, the more you develop a biblical worldview. You’re able to relate your everyday experiences to what you read. The more you experience God’s Word, the more likely you are to talk about it. It becomes top-of-mind and flows naturally into your conversations.

The book of Ruth was chosen for translation in South Asia because widows are treated poorly there. But the translation work affects the translators as much as those receiving the fruit of their labor.

One translator was so convicted by the message of Ruth that she left in the middle of a training session to go reconcile with her mother-in-law. Learning about the beautiful relationship between Naomi and Ruth was already bringing restoration—the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7)—to families who never thought they’d have it.

Live God’s Word

The great evangelist D.L. Moody once said, “Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred will read you and me.”

A Barna Group study found the belief that Christians are hypocrites was a barrier to faith for 23% of Generation Z (ages 5-21), 31% of Millennials, 25% of Generation X, and 29% of Boomers. As a Christ follower, you have to walk the talk. When you’re living God’s Word, evangelism doesn’t have to be knocking on doors or accosting strangers; people in your life will see the difference in you and naturally want to know more (John 15:7–10).

The Ada speakers of Asia have held tightly to a traditional belief in the power of rituals. For example, they have associated a good harvest with first blessing the field by sprinkling it with the blood of a slaughtered pig. But with the coming of Scripture, they’ve begun to question this practice. What is its purpose? What will happen if we do away with it? What does the Bible say about it? For the first time, pastors, traditional elders, and village chiefs have met to discuss how their cultural practices line up with the truth of God’s Word.

Share God’s Word

God desires for every person to have Scripture in their heart language. Thousands of people groups, representing hundreds of millions of people, do not have a single verse of Scripture in their heart language. Seed Company exists to come alongside these people groups, to help resource the Bible translation process.

There are many intentional ways to share God’s Word. Just a few include:

  • Through personal relationships and evangelism
  • By supporting your church
  • By participating in missions

When you partner in prayer with Seed Company, you join with others across the globe to bring God’s Word to those waiting for it. Only two things last forever: the Word of God and the souls of people. The work of Bible translation creates an intersection between the two.

Bible translation is a very important mission for many reasons, one of which is its impact on the Great Commission. If you’ve ever struggled with knowing how you can share Christ, Bible translation is a very practical, intentional way to share God’s Word.

Life transformation occurs when people receive God’s Word — or even portions of it. That’s the ultimate goal of Bible translation. People’s lives improve tangibly as they know God more intimately. Bible translation addresses suffering, oppression, greed, and indifference. The Holy Spirit then produces renewal, peace, joy, hope, and perseverance. A new identity in Christ restores dignity and self-confidence knowing one’s great worth in God’s eyes. It emboldens people to share this newfound life with others. Entire communities are impacted.

Now more than ever, people need the living Word of God. When you support Bible translation by praying for the Bibleless or giving financially, you help to fulfill the Great Commission.

Partner with us in prayer.

Select a region of the world that interests you, and we will partner you with a people group that needs Scripture. There is nothing more beautiful and rewarding than laboring through prayer and celebrating when a people group receives God’s Word.

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