The Great Commission
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
-Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)
I firmly believe that The Great Commission is one of the most nerve-wracking passages in the Bible for a lot of believers. Sure, there’s the end-times stuff and Judgment Day that’s a little scary, but that stuff seems far off, and besides if we are saved, then we really have nothing to fear from those. But the passage above, is telling us to go out, and talk to people, about our religion. (Read with a shudder of fear.)
We are taught from a young age never to talk about politics or religion, because both cause too many fights. But that puts us at odds with what Jesus teaches here, which is that it is our responsibility to go to the whole world, proclaim the gospel and teach them the Word of God.
So how do we do that? How do we stand in front of our church and speak about Jesus, when we know there are people waiting to attack us for our beliefs? How do we talk to our friends at work or school knowing that we may very well lose those friends for being “close-minded” or “old-fashioned?” How do we share with a complete stranger at the gas station or the grocery store when we know we may face backlash for the wrongs that many have done by those claiming the name of Jesus Christ?
As always, the answers to these questions are found in the Bible, and the more that you read it, the more you will understand your mission, and the place that God has for you in His work in this world. I cannot encourage you enough to spend time in God’s Word, and that is something I will definitely be talking more about.
For now, I’ve decided to give you a humble resource for sharing your faith. The link below is a downloadable PDF scripture outline to help you with sharing your faith.
This outline contains some basics on why we share our faith, some what-not-to-dos, and some tips on what to definitely do, and it is all scripture passages directly from the Bible.
I pray that you’ll find this helpful in your journey to serve the God more faithfully, and that you’ll find wonderful joy in proclaiming the gospel.