As we grow in our relationship with Jesus we all, at one point or another, must wrestle with the call of the Great Commission. This is the call that Jesus lays out for us to go into all the world, baptizing and making disciples of all nations. Jesus called us to a life of surrender and multiplication. As believers part of our responsibility in following Christ is for us to help others grow and follow Him as well.
This task of introducing others to Jesus is become an all too difficult task in our modern culture. What it means to be a Christ follower might be perceived to need a change. I would push that it does not. Christians need simply to be reminded of the basics of our faith and live those out completely. Jesus commands us to go into the world. He also commands us to love above all else. Truth must be spoken but in love and that kind of love takes a bridge of relationship and trust to hold it’s weight.
Great Commission Great Compassion by Paul Northwick examines what it means to live out the great commission by first beginning with the love and message of Jesus. He brings us back to the basics and applies the truths of scripture to our daily lives. This is a much needed and essential read for a Christ follower in our modern world.
Go and do. Jesus commands it, and the world needs it. Word and deed go together. One without the other is not enough. We follow Jesus into all the world, and we follow his example in all we do. Mission mobilizer Paul Borthwick shows how proclamation and demonstration of the gospel go hand in hand. God gives us the Great Commission, Matthew 28’s call to go wherever Jesus sends us, making disciples and proclaiming good news to all nations. And we become people of his Great Compassion, Matthew 25’s vision for treating others as we would treat Jesus himself, caring for the needy and living justly. Borthwick offers practical ways for us to live out the Great Commission and Great Compassion in every sphere of our lives. Holistic discipleship means learning and looking, praying and giving, welcoming the stranger, simplifying our lives and standing with and for others on God’s behalf. Small steps can make a big difference in the mission of God. Will you answer the call?
About the Author
Paul Borthwick (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior consultant for Development Associates International and teaches global Christianity at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Through his speaking, writing and resource ministry, Borthwick works to mobilize others to participate in world missions. Borthwick is an active speaker and teacher, having taught courses at Gordon College, Africa International University (Nairobi), Alliance Theological Seminary (Manila) and Lanka Bible College (Sri Lanka), plus a guest faculty position at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously he served for more than twenty years on the staff of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, first as youth pastor and then as minister of missions. Borthwick is the author of Western Christians in Global Missions, How to Be a World-Class Christian, Six Dangerous Questions to Transform Your View of the World, A Mind for Missions, and other books and Bible studies. He and his wife Christie have been married since 1979 and they live in Lexington, Massachusetts, when not traveling internationally.
Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written several books including commentaries on Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekiel, The Mission of God, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament.An ordained pastor in the Church of England, Chris spent five years teaching the Old Testament at Union Biblical Seminary in India, and thirteen years as academic dean and then principal of All Nations Christian College, an international training center for cross-cultural mission in England. He was chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005-2011, and the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment, from the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010.