Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How do we fulfill the Great Commission?

I want to talk about how to use your personal story, also known as your testimony, and you how you can actually lead a person to Christ.

Did you know that 95% of Christians have never led another person to Christ? You might protest, "But I'm not gifted as an evangelist!" That may be true, but every believer is called to evangelize. I know the idea of evangelism seems daunting, overwhelming. We wonder, "How can we do it?"

The answer to that question is that same as the answer to the question, "How do you eat an elephant?" One bite at a time. How do we fulfill the Great Commission? One bite at a time.

In Mark's Gospel, we have a variation on this Great Commission: "And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). The same could be said for world evangelism: "Go into all of your world and preach the gospel." Go into your workplace, your campus, your family, your sphere of influence.

But what are we to do specifically to share the gospel? Let's go back to Matthew 28:19–20: "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."

Simply put, it means to teach them to observe what He has commanded. It means to live out our faith in this world, and also to share it with others—to teach it by word and model it by example.

The full concept of "going into all the world and making disciples" is to share our faith, to seek to lead people to Christ, and then to help them mature spiritually to the best of our ability. Colossians 1:28 says, "We proclaim Christ! We warn everyone we meet, and we teach everyone we can, all that we know about Him, This we do that we may bring every man to his full maturity in Christ."

Evangelizing and discipling not only changes others, but it changes you! Today, let's look for opportunities to "go into all of our world" and preach the gospel.
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.

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