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Great Commission Tribe

“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.”  Matthew 28:19-20


“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”  Colossians 4:2


“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”  Hebrews 3:13


“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer.”  Acts 2:20


“Praise the Lord.  Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens.  Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness.  Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.”  Psalm 150

The Great Commission Tribe is responsible for the active calling of people to respond to God’s call on their lives and to commit themselves to God in Jesus Christ. While many may think this evangelistic call is a New Testament phenomenon, profound concern for all people is also obvious in the Old Testament (1 Kings 8:41-45; Ps 22:27-28; Isa 2:2-4).  God cared for the first couple especially after they had sinned; His plan to “bless” all people through the Israelite nation; and His continuing work through the prophets and through discipline to forge His people into a usable nation all speak of His concern.

 

It is, however, the New Testament which manifests in the dynamic thrust of the Great Commission. While the word “evangelism” does not occur in the Bible, it is woven into the very fabric of Scripture.  Despite its obvious importance, a wide range of opinion seeks to define what it means and what it should include.

 

Luke 8:2-56 shows how Jesus brought the good news. He not only preached; He demonstrated His power over the forces of nature in saving His fearful disciples. He exorcised a demon, healed a poor woman that had hemorrhaged for twelve years, and raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Clearly, he brought the Good News by word and deed, and not by word only.

 

According to the Bible, during his last days on earth Jesus commanded his eleven disciples “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.” (Matthew 28:19,20 NIV).

 

It would be nice to have “reaching out to the entire world for Jesus Christ” as the goal of the Great Commission Tribe, but realistically, the only way that is ever going to happen is to start right in our own little corner of the world.  House by house, and block by block, our neighborhood borders can only expand after we have thoroughly reached out and saturated each of our neighbors with the love of Christ. Therefore, what must be a very fired-up Tribe, is responsible for using every available format and means known as it develops and communicates to others the services, programs, and events we offer to enthusiastically spread the Gospel message.


Restoring lost hope and dignity to the people who surround us in the business, professional, social, and residential community is the essence of our purpose as we strive to lead individuals to an understanding of the Gospel message found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – salvation alone through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ alone.  This critical message can only be relayed after the Great Commission Tribe bathes all we are doing in prayer and then moves forward as led by the Holy Spirit to offer opportunities to hear the Gospel message from a variety of Biblically sound formats.  

 

Critical thinking regarding our presentations (especially at public events), resolving potential objections and critiques, and striving to get the message into the community is at the root of this Tribe.

 
The Great Commission Tribe is structured as follows:

  • Beth Zur

  • Prayer Fortress

  • Epaphras Closet

  • Engannim Nooks

  • Grace with Guts Seminar Planning

  • Ground Zero Team

  • Philemon’s Yokefellows

  • Silas Patrol

  • Jesus is the Rock Chaplain Services  

  • Priscilla and Aquila’s Tent

  • Cornerstone Chapel

  • Narthex

  • Ebenezer Prayer Tower

  • Journey to the Cross

  • Freedom Squad

  • Light to the World

  • Liturgical Mishmarot, WorshipTeam, Drama Team, Dancers, Worship Flag Team

  • Jam Room

  • Geharashim

  • Grace Place Theatrical Productions

  • Beulah Land Theater

  • Promenade Theater Experience

Curious as to what in the world some of these are?  Want more information? Check it out.

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