It is very important that the Church clearly understand its mission and commission. Aside from Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15 and other Scriptures, Acts 1:8 contains information that is vital to who, where and how our evangelism efforts should be focused. This requires looking at all these instructions and prophecies together.
In this blog, I want to particularly look at Acts 1:8; “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses [both] in Jerusalem [both] and in all Judea, [both] and Samaria and [both] to the end of the earth" (words added for clarity from the original Greek text).
Have you ever thought about what the word "end" means in the original language? At one time I studied it, but it did not register until looking more carefully at the word. The Greek word is: eschatos: meaning “last, extreme, most remote, last place or it could also mean, lowest status.” What people group are you thinking about right now? Those who have never heard?
Statistics vary depending on the resource, but there are about 3,046 people groups without any missionaries, churches or believers. THEY ARE THE “ENDS OF THE EARTH”! As pointed out in the verse above, it is not a question of leaving the local or regional work unattended, but at the same time pursuing those people groups who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ so we can finish the task Jesus gave us to do.
What are you and your church doing to make sure “both” are your target of the gospel?
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