First Baptist Church of Long Beach is a good example of a church in our day fulfilling the Great Commission against all odds. Many use the excuse of location, lack of space to build, the demographics or the main false religion in the area as a reason not grow a church. However, against all odds, there are churches obeying God’s command to reach their area for Christ. How are churches obeying the command to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost”? How are they doing it?
It is because of two other statements found in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus said “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”. All power or authority belongs to Jesus Christ. He has right and power over all creation. This One who has this great power not only commands to teach all nations but also gives a great promise with it. Jesus said in verse 20 “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” That is the reason why churches and yourself can fulfill this Great Commission. It is because the Lord Jesus Christ, who has the power we need, is with us when we obey his command to go. The Holy Spirit can empower the very life of Christ in us as we depend upon Him to win this lost and dying world.
We had a great service and the people were very tender in their response to the preaching. It was a blessing to see Pastor John Wilkerson and his family again. May we all depend upon the Person of Jesus Christ to fulfill what He commands of us.
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