Anthony Gammage ~ Matthew 28:16-20
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Acts 17:28 – In Him we live and move and have our being
Hebrews 1:3 – He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
Acts 14:16 – In past generations he allowed all nations to walk in their own ways.
• 1958: “Christianity in China has been confined to museums. It is dead and buried.” – Chairman Mao’s wife
• 1970s: “There is not a single Christian left in China.” – report from a visiting U.S. delegation
• 2016: 85,000,000+ Christians in China
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
John 17:18 – As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
John 17:13 – But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
• People groups in the world: 11,553
• Unreached people groups: 6,800
• Unengaged people groups: 3,100
• Unengaged people groups over 100,000 people: 325
• Gospel Christians for every unengaged people group: 98,000
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”