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.
- China and the Great Commission (gofishministries.wordpress.com)