Fulfilling the Great Commission (Romans 12, Issue 263)
Fulfilling the Great Commission
"Our commission is to be a witness for Jesus in today’s world. Evangelism is not optional but mandatory for the church.” This is the mission of the Korean Central United Methodist Church of Dallas, Texas. The church challenges its members to offer Christ to people in the power of the Holy Spirit and helps its members to value each person in the love of God and to invite people to Jesus Christ. With the number of Korean immigrants in Dallas increasing, Korean Central UMC sees the opportunity to reach new people and to witness for Christ.
The senior pastor began a basic evangelism training program through his worship messages. He challenged the congregation to apply the gospel in their lives and to lead others into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Church members are reminded that Jesus has commissioned them to make disciples of all nations.
To fulfill the Great Commission, the church has also started a weekday evangelism ministry that reaches out in the Dallas area to witness to Jesus Christ. Street evangelism teams visit the market places in the Dallas area where they meet and talk with Korean immigrants. They share the gospel and invite people to church.
The committee on evangelism supports these teams and even encourages the children and youth to join the evangelism movement every Saturday. The church believes that evangelism is not just limited to a few on the evangelism team, but is the responsibility of the whole church. So the church gives all generations, from children to older adults, an opportunity to witness and equips everyone with the appropriate skills.
The Korean Central UMC of Dallas also offers evangelism events that are attractive to all generations. The church offers VBS and Halloween events to invite children and their families to know Jesus. For young people, the church offers a “plus YOU” evangelism festival in the fall to invite youth and young adults to the church and to Christ.
The Korean Central UMC also trains the members of the class meetings to invite one family each year. Each of the ninety class meetings selects a non-Christian family and then prays, supports, loves, and invites the family into the saving relationship of Jesus Christ and into the loving community of the church.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
- Witness and evangelism are essential for the ministry of the church. How does your church train its members to witness to the good news? What opportunity does your congregation have to fulfill the Great Commission?
- One person matters for Jesus Christ. How and in what ways does your congregation invite at least one person or one family to Jesus Christ in a year?
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