We Can Finish It.
Want to know something extraordinary? The Great Commission, Jesus’s last words on earth—his charge to reach all peoples of the earth with his teaching and baptizing them and discipling them—can be finished in this generation. Not just our lifetimes. This generation.
John records in Revelation that in heaven there will be people “From every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9) We’re not there yet. We have work to do.
What’s the first step of the Great Commission? Going.
John Piper says there are three roles you have have in reaching the world. You can go. You can send. Or, you can disobey.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a)
We need to go.
What’s next? Discipling them. How do we do this? Local ministry. Church planting. Preaching, teaching, loving.
What precedes successful church planting and discipling? The Word of God. Which Gospel are people supposed to believe in if they don’t have the Word? In “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded,” what did Jesus command? How do we know?
We don’t know his teaching or his life without his Word. The Word of God—the Bible—is at the center of the toolkit in the Great Commission.
There are 6,992 languages in the world and 1,967 still do not have a word of Scripture.
We’re working with Wycliffe Bible Translators and The Seed Company to see that all languages are reached in this generation. Our prayer is to start a translation program in all languages still lacking one by the year 2025. We call this Vision 2025.
In the early 1990′s, Wycliffe realized that at their current rate, it would take 150 years to start a translation in every language still needing one. They trusted God for a bold new vision—to cut 120 years off of this goal. This is Vision 2025.
Through putting much of the work in the hands of locals, utilizing technology to our utmost capacity, and innovations like the cluster model (which we’ll have to describe in another post) we have exponentially accelerated Bible translation. We’re on track now to start a Bible translation in every language still needing one by 2033ish. We are still accelerating though, and want to shave another 8 years off this goal.
What Can You Do?
Here at Missions Untold we always want more people to get involved in missions. Many consider it; few go. Whether it’s church planting or medical missions, prison ministry, orphan and widow care, Bible translation, or whatever else, we want you to go. The West has such abundant resources and we send so few. It’s paltry.
We can finish the Great Commission in this generation. Bible translation is vital, but so is church planting and discipleship and anything that helps the Great Commission. Let’s reach the world in this generation.
Figure out your gifting and consider joining the cause. If that’s Bible translation, write me. If it’s something else, write somebody. You’d be amazed how many careers have been changed by a simple email. Reach out to somebody you know or somebody whose email you’ve found on a website. Get involved. Find out what your options are.
If everybody were doing what you’re doing, would the world be reached in this generation?