How Can I Fulfill the Great Commission?

In the heart of every Christian beats a profound desire to share the message of Christ’s love and salvation with the world. This longing to fulfill the Great Commission, as given by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20, is at the core of our faith. While Jesus’ last command has been the source of countless messages, books, and articles there still seems to be a certain paralysis that comes over even the most passionate of Christ followers. Could it be that as much as we desire to obey, we don’t quite know what to do?

Understanding the Great Commission

Before diving into how we can fulfill the Great Commission, let’s revisit what it actually entails. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

This command is a profound call to action for every believer, emphasizing three essential aspects:

Evangelism: We are called to share the gospel, the message of God’s love, grace, and salvation through Jesus Christ. This is the foundation of the Great Commission.
Discipleship: It’s not just about converting individuals but also nurturing them in their faith journey. We are to help new believers grow spiritually, teaching them the ways of Christ.
Global Outreach: The Great Commission is not limited by geography or cultural boundaries. We are to make disciples of “all nations,” which means our mission extends to every corner of the world.

But How do I Fulfill the Great Commission?

Let’s explore practical ways to fulfill this divine mandate.
Prayer: Start with prayer. Seek God’s guidance and empowerment in your efforts to fulfill the Great Commission. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel, for receptive hearts, and for the strength to persevere in your mission.
Personal Evangelism: Engage in one-on-one conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances about your faith. Share your personal testimony and the hope you’ve found in Christ.

Missions: While not everyone is called to personally travel overseas, everyone is personally called to be a part of spreading the gospel to every tribe, tongue, and people group. Financially supporting mission organizations who are working to spread the gospel in unreached areas is one way you can do this, if you yourself aren’t called to go. Among many other organizations, GCM is one that prioritizes spreading the gospel to the darkest places and beyond. If you don’t currently support overseas missions, consider joining the team by becoming a monthly partner.

We Must Obey

Fulfilling the Great Commission is not an option for Christians; it’s a divine mandate. It’s our privilege and responsibility to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ with the world. Remember, it’s not about our abilities but our willingness to be vessels through which God can work. We  know from scripture that when we are obeying the command to spread the Good News, He is with us always, even to the end of the age. 

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”