The Great Commission of Christ

The Holy Bible gives us the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20: "All power in Heaven and earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age."

We Christians have the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit with us as we "go" to witness of Him, sharing the gospel story of God's love, and His plan of redemption.

Yes, we have the power available to us, but we are not using it. The vast majority of Christians are not engaging the lost and unsaved, or telling them how Jesus saved them, blessed them, cured them and brought comfort in their time of need.

The great unanswered question is-why not? The teachings of the Bible are very clear. All Christians are to witness, all of us are to "make followers," to tell those who are not Christians-the lost, the unchurched, those who have not put their trust in Jesus Christ and asked Him to forgive their sins-to tell them God loves them and wants to forgive them.

I have heard the excuses many give for not witnessing: "Oh, I just can't talk to others about Jesus. I wouldn't be able to do that. I'm just not comfortable talking to people about so personal a subject!"

I understand why many people say this, or make similar excuses. They are not comfortable because they have not been trained to witness, they don't know what to say or how to start a conversation. But this can be learned, and one can become an effective witness.

We have the "Faith" program taught in our church, during two semesters each year, and it is an excellent way to learn to witness. I recommend this program to all church members.

Many feel this program is too hard to learn, for there is a lot of scripture and explanations to learn. They feel they are not capable. I would say, "Try the program first and just see how you do." You don't have to memorize the whole program the first time you take it. It took me two semesters to really get the program down and to feel comfortable with sharing it with others.

Too many, who take the program, just participate one semester and then get out of the program, feeling they have done their part. What they should do is stay in the program until they are comfortable, until they are capable of sharing with others outside the formal program.

Each Christian needs to realize there are so many lost people in our area who believe there is a God, but really have no relationship with Him, and they don't know how to get such a relationship.

They have possibly been to a church service, but have not had the experience of talking with someone on a one-on-one basis, where they can ask questions and get answers. They have not had a Christian tell of his or her experience with Jesus Christ, and of how he or she found forgiveness of his or her sins.

They have not had a person to share scriptures with them and tell them how to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

Wouldn't you want to have such an experience, yourself, where you actually lead someone to make a decision to become a Christian?

You can, but you will have to have some special training. Why not decide to become a soul winner today. I pray you will.