In our Sunday Scool class we have been going through Matthew, today we reach the end of our long journey, which is the great commission. One of my go to teaching resources has been,
Fourth and finally, making disciples means that we serve the world . Jesus speaks of making disciples of “all nations,” a phrase which in the original ( panta ta ethne ) refers not simply to nations or countries as we usually think of them, but rather to tribes, families, clans, and peoples, what we call “people groups” today. The Old Testament refers to such people groups: Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, etc. Today there are more than 11,000 people groups spread throughout the world. These groups share similar language, heritage, and cultural characteristics. So this is not just a general command to make disciples among as many people as possible . Rather, this is a specific command to make disciples among every people group in the world . There are, as of this writing, more than 6,000 people groups who have still not been reached with the gospel. Therefore, obedience to the Great Commission necessarily involves intentionality in going after these 6,000 people groups.
In light of the massive needs and the commission Christ has given us, may we make disciples and multiply churches in our neighborhoods and among all peoples. We live in a world of sin, rebellion, suffering, and pain, a world where over three billion people live on less than $2 a day, and a billion of those people live in desperate poverty. Hundreds of millions are starving and dying of preventable diseases. Yet the spiritual condition of the world is even worse: billions of people across the world are engrossed in false religions, and approximately two billion of them have never even had a chance to hear the gospel. According to Scripture, they are all on a road that leads to an eternal hell. Yet as believers, we know that Jesus is Lord and that He has died on the cross for our sins and risen from the grave. The Spirit of God has opened our hearts to see and to believe. He has saved us to know God and to enjoy Him, and very soon we will be with Him forever in heaven. But while we’re here, God has given us His Spirit for one purpose: We have been charged with reaching the world with the gospel.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria