And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matthew 28:18-20

The Great Commission brings the first Gospel to its grand finale. The triumphant, living Lord sends forth His ambassadors to proclaim His gospel throughout all the world. The Great Commission is not just an order but a pronouncement of victory by a risen Savior through His disciples. All power or authority is now in the hands of Christ, in heaven and on the earth. On the basis of that authority and power the Christian disciple is to carry out the Great Commission of the church. The "all nations" clearly indicates that the commission to the church is a worldwide one, encompassing the entire missionary effort. The church is not to be merely "missionary-minded". The church is the vehicle of Christ's mission to the world.

The closing promise, though given to the apostles, is transmitted by every generation of believers (Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; John 17:20). Christ's promise of His presence, "I am with you alway", guarantees the success of the church's mission because it is really His mission carried out by His called-out disciples.

The Story of Annie Armstrong

The Story of Lottie Moon

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Romans 10:13-15

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