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Great Co-Mission

Pr 29:18 ¶ Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

It seems that almost all businesses and organizations have a vision statement. A vision statement tells what an organization wants to be. A mission statement gives the purpose of an organization, why it exists, and how it will achieve its vision.

God gives theses to us in the word of God.

Mt 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen

We find that EVERYBODY can take part in the Great Commission.

1 . PRAY

Lu 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

There are some that are no longer able to “Go”. They may be elderly and unable to go like they once did. They may have a disability that prohibits them. But, this does not mean that they are not part of the Great Commission. There is a great need for people to pray that the gospel be spread. The problem is that many see prayer as a secondary function. Some may think that praying is almost like doing nothing. But the effectual fervant prayer of a righteous man (or woman, of boy, or girl) availeth much.

2. GO

As part of the local church you have the responsibility and priviledge to be part of the Great Commission.

Ac 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

You may never have the opportunity to go to other nations but you have the opportunity to reach your part of the world. You have the good news of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You may be a part of this through sharing the gospel with your friends and neighbors, passing out gospel tracts, or through church outreaches.

3. SEND

You may be able reach those in your area but what about the uttermost part of the world that the bible talks about? We have the opportunity to send where we cannot go through giving to missions. Giving to missionaries through the local church enables them to give the gospel in their part of the world. Whether it is in prisons or the most remote parts of the world your financial support and prayers help share the good news with those with whom you will never meet. Only heaven will reveal the souls your prayers and financial support may have touched.

4. BAPTIZE

Baptism has deep theological significance as an ordinance of the local church. It is an outward demonstration of one being associated with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. One is baptized by a local church into fellowship with the assembly. This baptism speaks of adding people to the local church.

Ac 2:47 …. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved

God does not intend for people to get saved and that is the end of it. God means for His people to use their gifts and talents in the local church. The local church is a place of fellowship, worship, and encouragement.

Part of the Great Commission is church planting. Our goal is not only to see people get saved but also to plant churches where these converts can grow and learn.

5. Teach

Part of the mission is teaching them to observe all things. We see much of the New Testament being written to local churches and pastors. It is the duty of the local church to teach converts “all things”. This is a balanced approach of learning all the doctrines of the bible. God uses pastors and appointed teachers to help teach new converts.

No individual can achieve all aspects of the Great Commission. But, no one is left out of it either. God has a vision and mission for the local church and each saved person has a duty to be a part of it

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