God, The Great Commission and the United States – Part I

Posted: September 25, 2007 in Brazil, Christianity, Faith, Gospel for Brazil, Jesus, Life, Prayer, The Great Commission
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“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.””  Matthew 28: 18-20 

This is the COMMAND that Christ gave to us before his cruxifiction and resurrection. This is the foundation of The Great Commission. 

I believe that when Jesus gave us this command, it set forth the expectation that Christ has for his church.  I don’t think it was a “suggestion”.

However, since returning from our second trip to Brazil for the Gospel for Brazil, I get the impression that many churches and Christians today either:

A.  Don’t believe this truth

B.  Believe it is the responsibility of the Christian sitting beside them or the church down the street but not their responsibility

C. Have never heard of The Great Commission or haven’t read this passage of verses

D. Or just doesn’t care

After speaking with numerous individuals concerning the Gospel for Brazil and the importance of the church and Christians being mission-driven to reach lost souls, I would have to say the answers are A and D.  If you believe it, then you know you have a responsibility. 

Don’t get me wrong. There are those I’ve spoken with that are seriously praying about going with us to Brazil and also becoming involved financially.  There are others that are passionately involved already in missions around the world but they are in the minority.  The majority of people that I discuss The Great Commission with have one of three reactions: they suddenly act like a deer caught in the headlights or they smile a “isn’t that special” kind of smile while looking past you or at their watches or they immediately go on a “why I can’t go” on a mission trip to the moon (I’ve found the moon and Brazil to be one and the same place) spill. 

Spiders seem to be a major deterrent and obstacle. They can be rather frightening.  I am certain that the very large tarantula I took a photo of in Ubauna verbally threatened me and my family with a horrible death if we didn’t immediately leave the country, and take our “weak-minded, pie-in-the-sky faith” with us.  I think God should just kill them all so we can move past this excuse… sorry, I’m getting side-tracked.  I’ll jump off my soap-box and continue.

So, I want to pose two questions:

1.  Is Missions an Option?

2. And what is the role of the United States in fulfilling The Great Commission, if any?

Let’s look at the first. To answer this question, please reread Bible verses at beginning.  PAUSE TO ALLOW TIME FOR REREADING………..Okay, now we know the answer to question #1, NO!  Missions IS NOT AN OPTION! This is BIBLICALLY clear.

Moving on to question #2.

To answer this question, I would like to examine a book entitled, Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan.  This will be done in parts:

“The United States is the only nation in the world founded by believers in Christ who made a covenant with God – dedicating a new nation to God.”

I want us all to read this and reread this, pondering this statement. I believe this is the first step in being able to answer the second question. 

Over the next couple of weeks we will continue addressing our role/s, as Americans, in fulfilling The Great Commission.

Note:  I understand that reaching lost souls includes being a missionary in your own neighborhood, community, state and country.  This is also vital.  We must not overlook the lost souls here in the U.S. while reaching the lost in other countries.  However, we are a blessed country that affords it’s unbelievers numerous opportunities to hear about Christ and come to salvation that most countries will never have. 

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  1. Garry Colson says:

    Patrick,

    Very well put my friend and I concur with your every word.

    It seems to me that most people today, as well as throughout history, either failed to, or have choosen not to, but we as Gods childern are to tithe ALL that we have. This includes our love, time, as well as our money. GOD gives us every minute of each day and He has only asked that we give back a portion of what is already his. This is such a small request from one that is so GREAT.

    There are so many verses in the bible that covers this very issue, I couldn’t resist listing a few of my favorites;

    1 John 3:17; But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

    Deuteronomy 15:7; If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother;

    Hebrews 13:16; And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

    1 Timothy 6:18; Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,

    Garry

  2. patrickandchristy says:

    Thank you Garry for sharing your thoughts and the verses. Tithing is a whole other subject that I will be addressing also. It all ties in doesn’t it?

  3. Garry Colson says:

    Patrick,

    I think I failed at making my point in my last comment. In short, GOD requires us to tithe ALL, which among the many things to tithe does include our TIME.

    This time that is tithed could and should be used for fulfilling The Great Commission.

    If you only give the minimum 10 percent of your time this would equal 876 hours per year, or 36.5 twenty-four days.

    Garry

  4. patrickandchristy says:

    Thanks Garry for the clarification. I realized the point of your message but for many the concept of tithing ANYTHING is foreign so your point and clarification is important.

    It is true that ALL belongs to Him and if we gave what God deserves then we’d have no choice but give it all to Him; love, time, money, possessions, etc.

    As we go through exploring about our role in fulfilling The Great Commission we will see the importance of this.

    Your verses are so appreciated because they are at the heart of what we’ll be discussing here over the next couple of weeks.

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