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March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

"How Will You Help Fulfill The Great Commission"

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28: 19 – 20

We talked about an adventure yesterday.  Today we’re going to talk about a plan for that adventure.  God actually calls it His mission, the Great Commission.  He’s using you and me to accomplish it.

God’s plan is to make disciples of the whole world, all nations.  But really the plan is a little bit more involved than that because within nations there are people groups that speak different languages.  Today, there are 13,000 people groups in the world; 6,350 of those people groups have churches among them, but less than 2% of the population is Christian.

Christianity has spread to every major language group in the world.  Unfortunately, there are still 3,800 people groups who do not have a church or a Bible in their language.  This is sad because it means that they are not learning about Jesus.

But there is also hope.  In Revelation 7: 9 God tells us, “There, before me, was a great multitude that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”  So God’s plan will reach fruition.  We’re just not sure when, but He knows.

The great news is that some day people from every language group in the world will be standing before the throne of God.  The question then becomes will it happen in our generation?  The only way it will happen is if we are willing to help accomplish that mission.  That’s part of the great adventure God has planned for us.

I invite you to join me in fulfilling it.  How can we do it?  By prayer and prayerful support of those who are going to the far ends of the earth.  If you want to learn more contact me, Maggie Wiegand or Bob Smith of our Missions team.

By the way, don’t forget that the United States has now been designated one of the largest mission fields in the world.  You may not have to go far to help accomplish that mission.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don