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I draw your attention to Christ’s commission to His church, what we commonly refer to as the “Great Commission,” “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” Mark 16:15. And then I remind you of the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.”
Let me ask you, “Is the church of Jesus Christ today ashamed of the gospel?” Have we become so technologically advanced and so sophisticated in our thinking that we no longer believe that a simplistic message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus has the power to radically transform and redeem a believing soul from eternal destruction?
To whom was the Great Commission given? May I suggest to you, my friends, that it was not a command given only to the first disciples, but that it is the permanent commission of the Church! The Great Commission is the great end for which the church exists. There are various reasons which can be sited for zeal in missionary work. For our forefathers, it was mainly concern for the future state of the un-evangelized heathen. For the majority of people today it is perhaps pity for their present state of living and misery. Unfortunately, the motive that inspired our forefathers in the establishment of the modern mission movement has lost its power among us. Our hearts are no longer moved by the plight of the unbeliever, as if hell and eternal punishment are not realities. And beyond that, I am persuaded that the motive we do have for evangelistic outreach is inadequate. Yes, the future state of the unreached is important, but the Great Commission will continue to go unfilled if we depend upon that for motivation. I believe that there is a higher and more powerful reason. And that mightier inspiration is found in the call and command of Christ. That is the noble and sufficient reason for evangelistic outreach. Christ commands us: "Go into all the world." As Christians, we are a people who are subject to and therefore should be obedient to the commands of Christ, right? So how well have we, as the church of Jesus Christ, obeyed this command? How are we doing as a church when it comes to carrying out The Great Commission? How are you doing as an individual when it comes to sharing your faith? The command is a command for each and every child of God to be active in the business of sharing the “good news” of the Gospel of salvation! Have we done our part?
The very day Jesus Christ rose from the dead in glorious victory, He began the process of preparing His disciples for His departure. Jesus knew that He would be ascending back into Heaven, and He did, 40 days after He rose from the dead. Jesus also knew that when He left, His followers, His disciples, would be commissioned with the mission of continuing His work in the world. They would be given the task of carrying the message of salvation to the ends of the earth.
The Bible reveals that the purpose of the Church is to enable individuals to know God as Savior and Lord through faith in Jesus Christ and to glorify Him through evangelism, edification, education and equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. The Southern Methodist Church seeks to carry out this Biblically-revealed purpose through adherence to the Biblical beliefs and historic traditions of Methodism. This Church shall have a Biblical ministry that will depend upon the power of God to meet the spiritual, moral, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of mankind.
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