It is you and me that are the “laborers” in Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV): “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Our passion is to awaken a sleeping giant - the Believers that know about the Great Commission, but have not yet been mobilized.
The Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:16-20. But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NASB)
The objective of the Great Commission is maturity in Christ. God wants us all to grow up spiritually. Why? Spiritual immaturity causes all kinds of problems in the local church, families and communities. God’s will for your life is spiritual maturity. (Hebrews 5:12-14, "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." (ESV)
At times church leaders teach discipleship as an academic experience where the student needs to know certain things before the student is qualified to live out the Great Commission. At other times the discipleship program becomes an end in itself. This is NOT the biblical method. My friends, when we lay down all the stuff that does not really matter, we can then see how God uses us to do His business in building up the body of believers and advancing His Kingdom on this earth.
When we hear words like Great Commission, spiritual maturity, hospitality, ministry, hearing from God, et al, we already have established paradigms concerning them. Collectively, these paradigms comprise what we call a paradigm cluster. When your view or expectation of one paradigm changes, you have experienced a paradigm shift. When several paradigms in a single cluster change, you have experienced a paradigm cluster shift. By going through The Master’s Apprentice Teaching Series, chances are very good that you will experience a few paradigm cluster shifts.
[Concerning U.S. churchgoers] When asked if they had previously “heard of the Great Commission,” half (51%) say they do not know this term. It would be reassuring to assume that the other half who know the term are also actually familiar with the passage known by this name, but that proportion is low (17%). Meanwhile, “the Great Commission” does ring a bell for one in four (25%), though they can’t remember what it is (www.barna.com).
1. A Great Commission Christian -
A Great Commission Christian is a believer who knows who he or she is in Christ. The idea of the priesthood of all Believers is not a concept, but a reality. This person has life-style knowledge of the Word of God. They not only know the Great Commission mandate, but they have built their lives around fulfilling it.
Greetings from Michael & Jean Reilly. We began serving the Lord by working with youth, family, and single-adults in SE Virginia. Over the years, our ministry work has had us serve in numerous settings, both in the USA and abroad. We have served as missionaries to Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, and the Bahamas. Our passion is to awaken the sleeping giant – the churchgoers who know about the Great Commission, but have not yet been mobilized.