Most Christians don’t know the answer to this question. And the same can be said about the preachers today. Many preachers think that preaching the gospel is the Great Commission but that is not true and it is not Biblical. Preaching is only part of it but it is not all of it. There are 11 things that make up the Great Commission.
Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
There are 4 things I want to point out in this verse. First, “Go” means to travel. Christians will tell you that if sinners want to hear the gospel they can go to any church. That is the exact opposite of what Jesus commanded in this verse for us to do today. We are responsible for spreading the gospel to reach the lost. And we are not doing it.
Not all preachers are pastors who stay in one location. There are other preachers and evangelists who can travel to spread the gospel all over the world and not just in America only. One BIG reason preachers aren’t doing this is because they don’t have enough support financially and in prayers. “How shall they preach except they be sent”? (Romans 10:15)
Another reason is they aren’t hungry for the Lord. Some preachers used to be on fire for the Lord. But when you look at them today there is no zeal, no hunger and no passion in them. We have more than enough preachers to reach millions of people throughout the world. Some tv preachers are satisfied with reaching people on tv but there is more to it than just preaching.
“all the world” is us reaching ALL of the world and NOT just America. How could we go on for so many years not reaching other nations? I understand the doors were closed to some places but not all of them. Look at how many preachers we have in America compared to the rest of the world.
The disciples and Early Church traveled all over the then known world. And without all of the technology that we have access to today. You know I think we should be ashamed of ourselves for not doing a better job at spreading the gospel to other countries. I know we have Christian TV today but not everybody is watching it. And that doesn’t give us an excuse not to go there in person when Jesus told us to do it. We only have a small number of preachers in other countries. What we would do in America if we only had half of the preachers here? I bet people wouldn’t care for it.
“preach the gospel”. Many people in the pulpit today are not preaching the gospel. Instead they give some “feel-good speech”. Where is the Bible in all these church services in America? I am not hearing the Word of God during the speeches. I refuse to call it preaching a sermon if it isn’t Biblical.
“to every creature”. Are we reaching everybody? If not then we better get to work and stop wasting time. God the Father wants to adopt EVERYBODY into His family today! I think the church has dropped the ball big time and needs to repent. We have time and money for everything else except for spreading the gospel. Why are we so selfish? Jesus told us to lay up treasure in Heaven. When we reach the lost we are laying up treasure in Heaven. I encourage you to reach the lost today and support your local church.
He that believes AND is baptized shall be saved; but he that doesn’t believe shall be damned. (Mark 16:16)
We need to know that baptism does NOT save you! Jesus does! Believe means to entrust one’s spiritual well being to Christ. If you get baptized in water without accepting Christ into your heart. You will start out a dry sinner and end up a wet one. The blood of Jesus is what washes our sins away NOT water baptism.
And these signs shall follow them that BELIEVE; In MY name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. (Mark 16:17)
Here is what I wanted to get into. We need to cast out devils and speak in tongues. This is not a new teaching. It has been around for years, 2000 years. The Early Church cast out devils in their day and age. How many times during a church service have you seen a preacher cast out a devil out of somebody there? Some churches don’t believe in tongues. I don’t know why, the Bible clearly teaches that speaking in tongues is of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who gives the gifts to different people. They are NOT done away with. They are still here today. They won’t leave until the rapture because that is when the Holy Spirit will leave along with the Body of Christ. I wonder if these people would be offended if I told them Jesus spoke in tongues.
“They shall take up serpents”
This means you will have power and authority over the devil. It does NOT mean a literal snake.
“and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover”. (Mark 16:18)
How many times do people get healed in church services today? I don’t see preachers praying for the sick around the altar these days. I have heard stuff like “We will pray for you”. I witnessed “meditation time” instead of prayer. You can meditate all you want to and not get healed. The church neglects prayer today and is very pitiful when you can’t even get people to pray at church. I have heard every EXCUSE you can think of. I have heard “most people pray at home”. Do they really??? Jesus said “My house shall be called A HOUSE OF PRAYER”.