It’s girls night at our house so I don’t have much time for blogging, but I did want to share a discussion board post I had to write for school today.  I’m ready for some popcorn and a movie with my daughter.  I’ve been looking forward to this all week! 

All have sinned, and Scripture says, “the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 ASV).  The good news of the Gospel is that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).  Scripture explains that Christians have the responsibility to share the Gospel so that every unbeliever will have the opportunity to hear and believe (Romans 10: 1215).  The Great Commission commands believers to share the Gospel in all the world, and only then will Christ will return.[1] This can be done with confidence because “what Christ has done guarantees what He will do.[2] A key take away from this reading is the challenge of completing the task.  The text states that we should not be worried about closed doors that God can open overnight, but that we must address the disobedience of having doors open which we are not entering to share the Gospel.[3]  The great commission can also be looked at as a process instead of a goal.  The mandate must never be about only “making disciples, but about “discipling all the peoples” as a whole.  When believers disciple new believers instead of only exposing them to the Gospel, there is a multiplication of workers for the harvest.  This will fulfill the commission “to bring about a result, a response, a global following of Jesus from every people.[4]  This concept applies to both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  We are to love our neighbors and “transform entire neighborhoods by multiplying those who love one another as Christ commanded.[5] Then the end will come and we will see Jesus face to face!  Blessings, Sharon

[1] Ralph D. Winter, ed., Steven C. Hawthorne, ed., Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader (Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2009), 89.

[2] ibid., 92.

[3] ibid., 94.

[4] ibid., 128.

[5] ibid., 129.