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From this issue of News Update:
In last month’s issue of the CIM News Update, I shared briefly the importance of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) not only to the ministries of CIM, but to the lives of all Christians. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, then our mandate is to go and make disciples of all nations.
We shared about the need to KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING with regards to the gospel and that the Great Commission is grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and centred in worship. This month we will continue our look at some of the basics of this great passage.
Continuing along, the Great Commission is FOUNDED IN CHRIST ALONE. Verse 18: Jesus says this: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” This is not anyone saying this. It is Jesus Christ Himself, the one whom we worship, and the one who was resurrected from the dead, the cornerstone of our faith. Because it comes from the mouth of Jesus Christ, it has instant credibility. Colossians 1:15-17 says this about Jesus: “He is the image of the invisible God, firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” We are serving a Lord who is absolutely sovereign and as One who has all the authority; it is He who gives the Great Commission. That alone should motivate us to carry it out.
And lastly, the Great Commission is FOCUSED ON MAKING DISCIPLES WORLDWIDE. Verse 19 and 20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you …” It is our mandate as Christians; as a church; to make disciples for the Lord. It begins in our own home (mission within), with those that are closest to us; our kids; our siblings; our parents. It continues to our immediate communities, of school, of work, of church, but it doesn’t stop there. We need to be motivated to make disciples of all nations. That means we need to send or go. As the body of Christ, we need to either go ourselves or develop and train people, so they can be sent to do the work of God.
The cornerstone of CIM Canada is founded in Christ alone. If it were not for the salvation that we find in Jesus Christ, our organization would not exist and we would not be proclaiming His message in Africa. I have also noticed that the African Christians respect the power of the name of Jesus Christ immensely. Spiritual warfare is rampant and very visible on the African continent and the power and authority in name of Jesus Christ is often called about to do the gospel work. This is one lesson, I believe the western Christians need to learn, that there is power in the name of Jesus Christ.
CIM Canada is also focused on making disciples worldwide. One of the core values of our organization is cross cultural ministries. We intentionally travel to the rural villages of Ghana and Togo to share the gospel because we are to make disciples of all nations. Some of these villages are very remote and many have never heard the salvation message of Jesus Christ. Very recently, I heard from a young man from a village in Ghana whom one of our STM teams started to disciple in 2007. Over the years, we have seen him grow in the Lord and mature into a leader in his community. He messaged me and told me that he wanted to join one of our STM teams and spread God’s love to others in his own country. When I heard this, I was filled with joy because I was witnessing “making disciples of all nations” first hand. Though there may be some logistical hurdles, I will do what I can to have this young man on one of our future STM teams.
We are all here for a reason, and I believe that part of the reason is to teach others and share with others what we have learned. Some of us will be called overseas. Others will stay right in their hometown, but we need to send or go. What is our vision? Is it congruent to God’s?
In Romans 10:15, Paul quotes from the Old Testament, from the book of Isaiah, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” Feet bringing good news implies movement. We can be part of God’s plan in motion, and it can begin right now, right here as we commit ourselves to God.
If you want to know more about our ministries or feel called to join one of our STM teams, please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Isaac Quan