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It's fine and good to hack away at all the straw that men build, and to sharpen each other's iron but are we obeying the Great Commission?
What IS the Great Commission? Well it's a big mission is what it is! Firstly we are to preach the Gospel to everyone. Yes everyone.
14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”It is not our responsibility to "make converts." Those who believe will be saved, those who do not will be condemned.
But this is not all we have been commissioned to do. We have also been commissioned to "make disciples."
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.We do not have the authority, or the commission to "make converts" but we do have the authority and commission to "make disciples" of the converts. Which is a side conversation which has been discussed at length. Hopefully this thread will not need to go there.
Some will say that you need to be led by the Spirit to share your faith with someone... and while there are times when we are led to do many things I do not for a moment believe we get out of step with the Spirit by sharing our faith. We've got a command from the Lord to preach the Gospel to every living person.
What's more, the only people Paul DIDN'T share the Gospel with were those who the Spirit told him not to go to. Paul had a more pressing mission, and someone else would go to Asia.
6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Do you want to be used by God to reach someone? Know what the Gospel is, and then go talk to them.
14 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?To which you reply Romans 10:15 and I reply Mark 16:15.
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Not to mention everywhere else.