Fulfilling the Great Commission

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I was just reading the Southern Baptist International Mission Board‘s publication, “Getting There” concerning the fulfillment of the great commission.  In their publication, they state that there are 3800 unreached people groups in the world.  Many of those they considered unreached, were in fact Catholic or Orthodox Christians, and others who have heard of Christ.  Many are Muslims, Bhudists, and Hindis, who may have heard of Christ and rejected His teachings.

Nevertheless, they state that in 2007 they had reached over 100 unreached people groups with the Gospel of Christ  and that they have now already engaged 800 people groups. That means that from 2007 to 2011, in five years, they reached about 700 people groups, which is a little over 100 a year.

If we can up that number to 500 and reach at least 500 new people groups a year, concentrating on those who are least likely to have been introduced to the Gospel of Christ, then I believe we can complete the task of the great commission in about 7 years.  With over 40,000 Southern Baptists churches, we ought to be able to accomplish this.

We would only need 500 to 1000 missionaries a year to do this.  If we sent missionary individuals and couples into 500 people groups a year and converted a few indigenous people who would establish a church and propagate the gospel to their own people in their own language, we could get this job finished in just a few years.

One of the key ways of teaching the Gospel is by putting the Word of God in the people’s languages.  Once we get one or two indigenous people converted, they can translate what they have learned into the language of their own people.  With the help of translators, the Bible could be written in their own language as well.  This is entirely possible with God’s help and guidance.

Jesus‘ Words in Mathew’s Gospel, “Go into all the world and make followers” are not impossible to follow and this goal is not out of our reach in the very near future, if we put our hearts and minds to the task.  I hope that my paraphrase of the Scripture, which will have no limiting copyright, may be of use in the great commission.

My paraphrase will be available for free to copy and translate, as it is needed and as I finish it and publish it online.  Other translations have limiting copyrights that won’t allow whole books of the Bible to be copied, nor will allow the whole Bible to be copied for use in the great commission.  I believe no Bible, which is God’s Word, should have this kind of copyright, which hinders the great commission.  May God help us with the task at hand.

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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