Next week, I will be going to Baltimore, MD on a mission trip with a group of young adults from my church to share the Good News of Jesus with those in the suburb of Brooklyn.
Last week, my husband and I attended the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination with which we serve. At that meeting, the messengers to the convention overwhelming approved (by 95% or better) the Great Commission Resurgence.
You may be wondering how I see these two events as connected, but hang with me for a minute. While parts of the GCR are related to the business of the convention – how the agencies and entities do their work and whether or not they are effective in fulfilling the Great Commission through the way they work – the central concern of the movement is whether or not we are personally and as a denomination carrying out the final orders left to us by Jesus Christ while He was on earth.
If you take the time to read through the GCR, and if you are Southern Baptist I encourage you to do so, you may begin to wonder how this affects those who are not convention leaders and ministers in local congregations. Some of the points are certainly directed at those in leadership.
However, I would issue the challenge that the GCR begins with me – and with you. It begins with every man and women in the pew who professes the name of Christ taking upon themselves the burden to take the gospel to a world that each day falls further and further away from the Truth found in the Bible.
A renewed commitment to the Great Commission as outlined in Matthew 28:19-20 begins with each Christian deciding today to share the gospel in her hometown, around her state, across the US, and to the far corners of the world.
So, my first, tiny little step in a renewed commitment to Jesus’ Great Commission to believers begins in Baltimore. Please pray for our team. Pray that God will be glorified through all that we say and do. Pray that we will share the gospel with boldness. Pray that those who hear will have hearts and ears that are open to the Word.