In the first part of “Ready, Aim…”, we looked at who is called to do the work of fulfilling the Great Commission. It is not the job of just the professional minister to reach the world for Jesus. All of us have unique roles to play to get the job done. That being said, part two will deal with this question: Since I personally am called to fulfill the Great Commission, just what exactly am I supposed to be doing?
I think the simplest way to address this question is to simply look at the text found in Mark 16:15-20:
15: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17: And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall
speak with new tongues;
18: They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19: So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20: And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
So let’s just approach this step by step:
1. Go into all the world. To do that, we have to know where people in the world live. So a first thought is that we must know about people groups and where they live. A follow-up thought is that we need to know which groups have been reached and which have not.
2. Preach the Gospel. It is not enough to feed the hungry; to fulfill the Great Commission, we must tell the world about Jesus, his life, his death, his resurrection, and of the hope of his second coming. Physical needs being met supplement effective evangelism, not substitute.
3. “To every creature.” This means beyond merely reaching people groups, we are responsible for individual people. This task is impossible to achieve trying to call people from a master list. I believe the most effective way to do this is the neighborhood church or bible study strategy. I will go in more depth on the method in later posts, but the basic idea is that in any given city, you have numerous neighborhoods. In the States, there is often a church in that neighborhood. If they as a church get together and commit to reaching their neighborhood, it is a much more manageable task than telling that church to “reach the world.” The church can still sponsor global projects (and should) but a primary focus so be finding ways to present the Gospel to every single person in that neighborhood. Then that church partners with other city churches to make sure every neighborhood has a church caring for it. If all the neighborhoods are reached, you’ve reached a city. Reach all the cities in a state and then all the states in a nation, and then you can go after all the nations.
4. The supernatural is a part of the process. Miracles take place when the Word is boldly proclaimed. Believers don’t need to fear, they will be divinely protected and empowered. The supernatural can draw people to the Gospel; allow the Lord to do wonders through you, the same Spirit lives in you that lived in the disciples.
5. They preached everywhere. When they went to the market, they shared Jesus. When they visited their relatives, they told of Jesus. It was a consuming passion. We must do the same.
In the next post, we will dig a little deeper into the where of the Great Commission and explore opening unreached areas to the Gospel.