We renamed it because years ago we started to see that Christian teenagers had no idea what the term “Great Commission” meant. To the average teenager the term “great commission” sounds like a bunch of money someone made on a real estate deal.
Because teenagers are into causes (take a look at last Saturday’s massive national march as an example) it seemed fitting that we renamed this hundreds-of-years-old musty term as something more relevant for this generation. That’s why we call it “The Cause!”
In a world filled with good causes this is the greatest one! Jesus left his young followers with this cause and now it has been handed to us. This is The Cause that all Christians are called to embrace as their own!
It’s time to let the term “Great Commission” die and replace it with something stronger! My vote is for “The Cause!”
3. We regain the Great Commission.
We need to regain the mission of Jesus as the primary focus of the church. Why? Because it is!
Jesus 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.”
This is our mission until Jesus comes back…to the very end of the age. This is our mission until everyone everywhere hears the Gospel!
Where does “The Great Commandment” (to love God and love others) fit in? In the words of my friend Dr. Dann Spader, the Great Commission is our mission. The Great Commandment is our motive! We make disciples who make disciples, and we do it fueled by love!
How do you live and lead this cause in your church or youth ministry? You build a Gospel Advancing, disciple-multiplying ministry that is focused on Christ’s mission and built on biblical values. For more on this check out gospeladvancing.com.
Let’s wave the banner of The Cause of Christ in our churches, small groups, Sunday school classes and youth groups! It’s time to reframe it, rename it and regain it! It’s time to make and multiply disciples until everyone everywhere has every last opportunity to put their faith in Jesus!
This article answering “What is the Great Commission?” originally appeared here.