Making Disciples of All Nations

You’ve probably never heard of “The Fairly Large Commission,” and there’s a good reason for that. When Jesus charged His followers to “go and make disciples of all nations”(Matthew 28:19), it was obviously a monumental task He laid before them (even if the Bible never specifically refers to this charge as “The Great Commission”).

However one refers to Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations, it’s clearly a task that’s too big for one individual or organization to tackle alone. It’s a task that was given to the whole Body of Christ.

From the very beginning of Navigator ministry, working alongside other organizations is something The Navigators have emphasized. And it’s something we continue to do because, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:1–3).

One organization we’ve been close to for years is the Billy Graham Evangelistic Organization. Billy Graham and The Navigators founder, Dawson Trotman, were friends and ministry partners. Early Navigators developed the “follow-up” tools that were used to help establish new believers who had made professions of faith at Graham’s evangelistic outreach events.

It’s a partnership that continues to this day. A recent issue of Decision magazine says, “a major component of the . . . evangelistic venture ‘My Hope With Billy Graham’” is reaching out and telling friends and family about Jesus. To provide practical tips on evangelism, Decision talked with three Christians, each of whom were mentored by a Navigator staff member or laborer. They each spoke about their own evangelism efforts. Three words stand out from that interview: intentional, respectful and prayerful.”

These values are deeply embedded in Navigators everywhere. We are blessed to partner with other believers from diverse backgrounds to serve the Lord and advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Advancing the Kingdom of God truly is the Great Commission. And we consider it a blessing and a privilege to play our part—working alongside others—to make disciples of all nations.

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