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WHI-1030 | The Great Commission

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On this edition of the program the hosts introduce their new theme for 2011: The Great Commission. In this important mission statement, Jesus does not begin with the imperative, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." Rather, he first tells his disciples that, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." Christ has already accomplished redemption, therefore the great commission is not a plan for us to execute, or an ideal toward which we strive. We are not extensions of the incarnation, and our work is not redemptive. Rather Jesus has conquered sin, death and hell, and calls us as his ambassadors to announce this good news to the world.

On this edition of the program the hosts introduce their new theme for 2011: The Great Commission. In this important mission statement, Jesus does not begin with the imperative, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." Rather, he first tells his disciples that, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." Christ has already accomplished redemption, therefore the great commission is not a plan for us to execute, or an ideal toward which we strive. We are not extensions of the incarnation, and our work is not redemptive. Rather Jesus has conquered sin, death and hell, and calls us as his ambassadors to announce this good news to the world.




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  • Guest - Greg Scandlen

    Michael,

    I just read your "Great Announcement" piece. I love what you do, but this left me confused and discouraged. I'm sorry. I am no great scholar. I spent a long time away from Christ and am just now re-learning who he is. My contributions to the Great Commission are petty, mostly just sharing my own awakening with friends and colleagues, and working overtime to get caught up on all of the wonderful scholarship I have missed over the years.

    But the message I take away from your essay is that there is nothing we can do -- it has all been done. Surely, I am not reading this right. Is there any point to my efforts other than my personal enrichment?

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  • Guest - Mike Horton

    The last thing I'd want readers to take away from that article is that there's nothing we can do to advance the work of the Great Commission! My point was to highlight the triumphant announcement that propels, undergirds, fuels, and justifies the command to make disciples of all nations. We're not coming to unbelievers with a redemption that they have to complete or a kingdom that they have to build, but with the Good News of Christ's finished work and a kingdom that we are receiving. We're used to hearing the Great Commission as, "Go therefore into all the world and preach the gospel...," but it actually begins with the announcement, "All things in heaven and on earth have been entrusted to me." So indicatives (announcements of what God has done) don't do away with imperatives (commands that we are to obey), but quite the opposite: the former make the latter possible! When we bring the gospel to our non-Christian friends, relatives, co-workers, or acquaintances, we aren't bringing something that is merely possible and awaiting their efforts to complete it. That is Good News indeed!

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  • [...] White Horse Inn  The Great Commission Posted on January 3, 2011 by Reformed Joe WHI-1030 | The Great Commission Jan.02, 2011 by WHI [...]

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  • [...] The Great Commission: Whose is It and What is It? Posted on January 4, 2011 by R. Scott Clark One of the great misunderstandings of Reformed theology and practice is that it is either not mission-minded or not missional (theres a distinction in the way these are used in contemporary discussion) or not interested in evangelism. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The WHI guys are beginning a new series this year on the Great Commission. The first episode lays out the agenda for things to be considered this year. If youre not subscribed to the WHI (why not?) you can hear it via the WHI blog, Out of the Horses Mouth. [...]

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  • [...] One of the great misunderstandings of Reformed theology and practice is that it is either not mission-minded or not missional (there’s a distinction in the way these are used in contemporary discussion) or not interested in evangelism. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The WHI guys are beginning a new series this year on the Great Commission. The first episode lays out the agenda for things to be considered this year. If you’re not subscribed to the WHI (why not?) you can hear it via the WHI blog, “Out of the Horse’s Mouth.” [...]

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  • Guest - Syd S

    I have long awaited the White Horse Inn team tackling the issue of missiology. In many ways, it is the “international version” of all the problems we see in mainstream evangelical thought (well captured in Mike’s Christless Christianity and elsewhere), for which the main departure point is bad hermeneutics, a low regard for proper doctrine, and of course a resultant emphasis on works over faith. As a recent graduate of a small reformed seminary on in the Baltimore area, I was fascinated with the tendency to be highly tolerant of modern missiology texts, their approaches, and their theology (or lack thereof). I had looked (okay, perhaps not hard enough!) for works that addressed the issue from a truly Reformed perspective, and I had long awaited your team taking up the topic. I eagerly expect (based on Week 1’s program) that issues such incarnationalism, contextualization, indigenization (particularly theological), transformationalism are addressed. Of course, outside of the strictly missiological context is the close cousin of Christ and culture, two Kingdoms, etc. This could be a very important year in bringing together a number of related threads. Thanks again for taking on this topic.

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