What is Mission?
The definition of mission is "a sending". Missions (plural) is defined as the organized effort of God’s people to carry out God’s good news (the Gospel) to all people everywhere, thus fulfilling God’s eternal plan.
What is the Great Commission?
Most Christians know about the Great Commission found in the Gospel of Matthew, which says,
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)
The Great Commission is also found in the Gospel of Mark, not the one most quoted, but here it says,
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs. (Mark 16:15–20)
NOTE: Sometimes this second passage is avoided because there are some aspects of this passage that might not fit into the theology of all denominations (e.g., speaking in tongues, casting out demons, etc.). Different denominations worship differently and have different theologies, or beliefs about God. Some of these beliefs may be different from yours or mine. It is important that we know why we believe what we believe. By embracing differences, we will grow in our faith. Passion Missions believes that the Word of God is TRUTH. And that Truth will be the plumb line used for any theological issues that arise. We will use any difference in beliefs as learning tools to deepen a participants’ walk with the Lord.
Who was the Great Commission given by?
The Great Commission is a biblical command given by Jesus to His disciples. He said, “go,” and, “make disciples”. The Great Commission is the climax to Jesus’ ministry, the very essence of missions; it is not the end.
Jesus is our example for missions. He did not just send His disciples out with nothing. He walked with them, talked with them, ate with them and showed them what to do. And then He sent them out.
Luke 19:10 tells us that, “the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” The Great Commission reflects the very heart of Jesus’ ministry.
Jesus ascended into heaven after commissioning His disciples, and one day He is going to return. Until that day, we are to remain faithful to fulfill the Great Commission.
Next week we will look at 5 commands and 3 promises of the Great Commission. Pray that the Lord will provide understanding and deepen our desire to fulfill our part of the Great Commission.