Monday, November 7, 2011

Great Commission Basics

This week I had the privilege to sit in on a two part seminar given by Missiologist and Ethnographer Dr. Jim Slack. He specializes in using a selection of anthropologically-oriented tools that are valuable when planting churches, specifically those among unreached and unengaged ethnic people groups. But in the words of Slack himself, The biblical foundation for embracing, engaging and evangelizing a "panta ta ethne" ethnolinguistic people group as found within Christ's Great Commission precedes all other tools and presentations. 

Here is a helpful summary that Dr. Slack put together on The Basics of Christ's Great Commission:

Matthew 28:19-20
Luke 24 and Acts 1 & 2
  • The Great Commission from Christ was given to each and every believer, not just to apostles, pastors or missionaries. (Matthew 28:19 & Luke 24:47-48)
  • An everyday responsibility - "As you are going"-starting in each person's "Jerusalem" (Luke 24:47 & Acts 1:8)
  • The task of the Great Commission is "making disciples"-Evangelism and Discipleship. (Matthew 28:19)
  • The focus of "making disciples" is very specific-"making disciples within each and every ethnic people group-the panta ta ethne. (Matthew 28:19-20)
  • Each believer is responsible for "making disciples" within each and every ethnolinguistic people group beginning in each person's Jerusalem, and moving beyond to each person's Judea, Samaria and uttermost. (Luke 24:47 and Acts 1:8)
  • Witnesses and evangelizers are to engage each and every ethnolinguistic people group in their "mother tongue" (heart language) (Acts 2:6 & 8 & 11)

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