#The Great Commission

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Why Do We Assume Western Theology is Superior?

When asked about the value of African theology for Western Christians, the late Ghanaian theologian Kwame Bediako said, “Well, Christianity is thriving where we are, and it’s waning where you are, so maybe there is something that could be helpful to you all.”1 It’s a gracious invitation with a little sting in the tail, reminding us that for all the seminaries and books and libraries in the West, Western churches are still heavily in decline. Bediako’s point was not that book learning or academic rigor are not valuable – on the contrary, he was a significant contributor to both, teaching at universities for a good part of his career. But the perceived theological riches of the West are not mirrored by growth in the church, which might get one asking how shiny they really are.
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FIRST-PERSON: What if Southern Baptists ceased to exist?

More and more, I’m hearing people talk about the slow death of the SBC. Some are even saying last year’s presidential election shows a three-way separation between Traditional Baptists, Reformed Baptists and so-called Moderate Baptists. I pray these folks are wrong. Without any inkling of pride, I remember...
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Are You Getting the Great Commission Wrong?

I grew up in the era where stadium evangelism was very popular. During these events, a well-known evangelist would come to town and pack the stadium with thousands of people who gathered to hear them preach. While preaching the message, the gospel would be presented and at some point there would be an altar call given. At these events there would literally be thousands of people coming out of the stands and they would flood the altars to pray the sinner’s prayer and give their lives to Jesus. It was truly a sight to behold.
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Continuing in faithfulness to racial reconciliation

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jon Nelson, pastor of SOMA Community Church, Jefferson City, is president of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC). He also serves as chairman for the MBC Executive Board’s Racial Reconciliation Task Force. If you know anything about me and my journey with Christ, you know that my...

45 Years of Global Outreach

According to the Great Commission, all believers are supposed to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations. In Touch has been a part of that mission for 45 years now with God’s help and guidance. Some nations still haven’t heard the gospel, so we work to continue spreading the Word until it reaches all regions of the world. Visit our 45th anniversary page to celebrate with us and see all the ways we’re planning to spread the gospel in the days ahead!

Local pastors gather in faith, for fellowship

The Delaware County Pastors Network (DCPN) met for the first time in 2022 last Wednesday at Manoa Community Church, 153 N. Eagle Road, Havertown. It was an opportunity for clergy to gather with their colleagues to discuss strengthening the county’s church community. The morning included fellowship, an icebreaker game,...

Don’t Wait for the World to Show Up

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? —Romans 10:14Scripture:Romans 10:14. When it comes to the topic of sharing our faith, a lot...

5 Truths for Global Church Planting Today

What should church planting look like in the 21st century? Here are 5 truths for discussion. This article is from Lausanne Global Analysis by the Lausanne Movement and is republished here with permission from the Lausanne Movement. With his Afro haircut and sculpted beard, he looked more like a pop...

The Other Part of the Great Commission

Have you ever seen one of those TV shows where people hoard things, such as newspapers they’ve stacked from the floor to the ceiling?. We can be that way with our faith. However, God hasn’t given us the blessings we experience in our lives so we can hoard them. Rather, it’s so we can share them. We’re blessed to be a blessing.

Serving Together as One

“So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”—Romans 12:5 (NIV) Our lead pastor, Doug Sauder, has often said the Church is not a cruise ship, but a battleship. The analogy is accurate because there are no passengers aboard a battleship—only crew members in active service who are vital to the vessel’s successful operation. Likewise, the Church is on a mission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16–20), and only Christians have been charged with carrying out the Great Commission.

Reignite Your Passion for Sharing Your Faith

Evangelism is a beautiful and rich practice—sharing the deep love, compassion, sacrifice and cleansing power of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In addition to beauty and depth, there’s also a wonderful simplicity to it that should excite and empower each of us, no matter our background, education or eloquence.

Seven Ways Your Church Must Deal with Rapid Change

Though it is cliché, change is the constant in our culture. Even before COVID, the world was changing steadily and constantly. When the pandemic came, change was accelerated, and the challenges were exacerbated. In earlier years I was an advocate of “eating the elephant” change, that is making incremental,...

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Synergize 2022 will meet this month and announce a plan to fulfill the Great Commission. The plan must acknowledge Jesus’ instructions for baptizing all nations through the Cross to fulfill the Great Commission. Otherwise, the plan will not be worthy of Jesus Mat 10: 38. The HOLY BIBLE Feminine...

Don’t Wait for the World to Show Up

When it comes to the topic of sharing our faith, a lot of us get very uptight. In fact, one thing that believers and nonbelievers have in common is that both are uptight about evangelism. Nonbelievers are uptight about being evangelized, and believers are uptight about evangelizing them. Yet Jesus...