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From the Pastor's Desk

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Mt. 28:19). The first memorable word in the Great Commission is "go." Our old grammar teacher would have called this verb an imperative, a command, but it's actually not a command at all. In the Greek language the word translated "go" is an aorist participle. It could literally be translated "going." In other words, making disciples is something a believer does while "going" about the business of the day.

So while nothing is wrong and everything is right with widespread evangelism efforts being organized and spearheaded and staffed with volunteers, this is not the only way, or even the primary way, for believers to obey this word from Jesus. Declaring the message of God's love for the lost is not just something to do, it's a way to live. Fulfilling the Great Commission is not always as much about jumping up and charging off to Asia, Africa, or South America. It is something I should do in a natural way as I walk out God's will in the ordinary life in which He has placed me.

And basically, the body of Christ doesn't. Our concern for others' eternal destiny has fallen far down the priority ladder. One denomination cites that 97.4 of their people never tell anyone else about Jesus. The intent here is not merely a guilt trip. But we have all had more times than we should when we shied away from injecting spiritual matters into a conversation for fear we might stick out or look silly. The fact is that God takes this command to us just as seriously as He does any other.

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer Hisle

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