A Resolution to Witness
A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION - GROW IN YOUR WITNESS FOR THE LORD
A recent survey by the Barna Research Group noted that the percentage of Christians who believe personal evangelism is an important part of one’s spiritual walk is down 25% in the last 25 years. According to a Christianity Today study, 61% of those who stated they believe personal evangelism is important did not share their faith once in the last six months.
Here’s the truth: those who identify as watchmen for the Lord must be strong witnesses for the Lord.
THE SHORT DEFINITION OF A WATCHMAN
The short definition of a watchman for the Lord is one who knows what God has done, can see what God is doing, knows what God is going to do, and speaks with truth and love to urge individuals to prepare for the return of Jesus.
This is not to suggest that watchmen have a complete understanding of what God is doing or will do, but I believe watchmen should be able to cite recently fulfilled prophecies and note how certain current events can lay a foundation for the fulfillment of prophecies in the future. I am not suggesting that watchmen know the day or the hour of the Lord’s return, but I believe watchmen should heed the biblical mandate to watch for signs and actively share that the Lord’s return is imminent.
A WATCHMAN IS A DISCIPLE AND DISCIPLES KNOW THE WORD
To be a witness for God is to follow the example of Christ, the model of the New Testament Church, the missionary example of the Apostle Paul, and more than a dozen clear directives in Scripture. However, studies show that more than 50% of individuals who identify as a Christian are NOT familiar with the term, Great Commission. Worse yet, studies show that only 17% understand the term and can articulate its meaning.
The Great Commission is a principle directive given by Jesus to all disciples. It is not a reference to a doctrine some disciples should know; it is a mandate that all disciples must understand and live-out.
IS THE TERM “GREAT COMMISSION” IN THE BIBLE?
The term Great Commission does not appear in Scripture, but the foundation for it is - most notably in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 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. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Is the term Great Commission in the Bible? No. Did Jesus commission all His disciples? Yes! Is this commission great? Yes! Though the term Great Commission was not commonly used until the ministry of missionary Hudson Taylor (early 1800’s), we see that the first-century church understood that all disciples were expected to go, witness, teach and baptize.
The Great Commission mandate has been a foundational doctrine for the Church since Pentecost. Followers of Jesus are expected to be witnesses for Jesus.
THE GREAT COMMISSION IS OUR MISSION
The Great Commission notes the mission of the Church. The directive serves as a compass - keeping believers (and ministries) mindful of the proper focus and task at hand. Satan would keep disciples ignorant of this truth, and studies show that he seems to be very good at accomplishing that objective. Pray that 2019 will be a year when the church takes back ground that has been yielded to the enemy. Pray that God will help you to grow in your commitment to Him, and your witness for Him. I believe this kind of God-honoring resolution will yield fruit and meet with His blessing.
Noted below are links to I Am A Watchman resources designed to help you understand and live out the calling to be the disciple, witness, and watchman God has called you to be:
- Here is a link to an article on Witnessing: https://iamawatchman.com/witnessing-in-such-a-time-as-this/
- Here is a link to a recording of a live teaching event on WHY believers are to witness: https://vimeo.com/308361658
- Here is a link to a recording of a live teaching event on HOW believers can grow in their witness: https://vimeo.com/308371389
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