Many of us were raised in churches that emphasized The Great Commission. It is the last few verses of Matthew’s gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in (or literally ‘into’) the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” It was just expected that believers would want to tell others about the Good News of Jesus.
Barna.org, a Christian research organization recently finished a project concerning The Great Commission.
“Matthew 28:18-20 is the most well known biblical record of what is commonly referred to extra-biblically as “the Great Commission.” But despite the significance of these and other verses that call Christians to “go and make disciples of all nations,” a surprising proportion of churchgoing Christians in the U.S. are generally unaware of these famous words from Jesus. Barna’s survey found that 51% did not know what the Great Commission was.” Barna.org (March 2018)
There are reasons why we are in a Post-Christian culture and time.
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Jesus