Is it any surprise when Barna Research reported on 27 March 2018 that a survey found more than 50% of respondents (in the US) have never heard of “The Great Commission”? Only 17% indicated that they know what it means. The rest revealed that they either have no idea or can’t recall the exact meaning.
Most would have thought that this phrase would be common amongst believers or churchgoers. If The Great Commission has anything to do with sharing the faith, does that mean that most churchgoers are not aware of its directive? Does it also mean then they are not open to spiritual conversations with others or even less concern with spiritual education? These questions may seem like barking up the wrong tree, but certainly by no means invalid in thinking about meanings of phrases or words we are familiar with.
So, what does “The Great Commission” mean? I wonder how many Singaporean churchgoers know what this term means.
When we do not have a good grasp of meanings of words and phrases we are used to, how do we begin to live out what we know? For instance, simple words and phrases like: meekness, thirsting for righteousness, merciful, peace-makers, etc., just to mention a few.
Knowing what to do must be translated into doing what we know.
31 March 2021