Translating the Great Commission

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Contemporary Perspectives on a Biblical Mandate
Jesus didn’t intend for his followers to keep their faith to themselves; in fact, the New Testament contains multiple examples of Jesus urging his disciples to spread his teachings throughout the world.

This charge, now referred to as “the Great Commission,” is often regarded as Jesus’ parting words and as an invitation to all Christians.

The command to represent the gospel may be loud and clear—but it’s not necessarily simple. This study, produced in partnership with Seed Company, gauges the Church’s comprehension of the Great Commission, as well as the many opinions about how to accomplish it. In today’s increasingly pluralistic and skeptical climate, how do pastors describe and facilitate opportunities to share the Good News? Is the Bible seen as essential in drawing people to Christ? Do Christians feel more compelled to address the spiritual needs or physical needs of others? In addition to findings from new surveys among adults, pastors and churchgoers in the United States, Translating the Great Commission includes:

  • In-depth interviews with missions scholars and practitioners
  • Barna data unpacking the “evangelism vs. social justice” debate
  • A closer look at the various causes that churches prioritize
  • Analysis about how factors such as travel experience, Bible knowledge and denominational affiliation shape ideas of missions
  • Infographics and charts visualizing the U.S. Church’s understanding of the Great Commission, Bible translation and more

Translating the Great Commission details how the American Church really feels about communicating the gospel—in word and in deed—so that its leaders are prepared to effectively and wholeheartedly “go and make disciples of all the nations.”

Full color with infographics. 128 pages.

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