The Great Omission
Sermon shared by Bruce Howell
Summary: The "C" (conviction, concern, consecration)in The Great Commission is missing in many churches, thus creating The Great Omission.
Audience: Believer adults
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The Great Omission
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 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,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.""
Illus.: The Forgotten Letter Drop
Several years ago the city of Pittsburgh constructed a large, new post office at the cost of several million dollars. On the day of it’s opening, the Governor made a speech, the bands played and the people cheered. It was quite a celebration.
But when the first man entered to mail a letter, to the embarrassment of the engineers, it was discovered that in the rush to meet the deadline, they had omitted the usual letter drop. Here was a costly new post office, but no place to mail a letter! It was a slight omission, but it negated the very reason for it’s existence.
That brings me to the very point of this message: WHEN ANY CHURCH LOSES THE SPIRIT OF THE GREAT COMMISION, IT SURRENDERS THE VERY REASON FOR IT’S EXISTENCE.
Missions is not a side line! It is the LIFELINE of the church.
A slight omission can bring serious consequences. There is an English Proverb which fits well here:
For want of a nail, the shoe was lost;
For want of the shoe, the horse was lost;
For want of the horse, the rider was lost;
For want of the rider, the battle was lost;
For want of the battle, the kingdom was lost.
All on account of a lost nail!
WHEN ANY CHURCH OMITS THE MISSIONARY PROGRAM FROM ITS ACTIVITY, THE RESULT IS TRAGIC! Why? Because the people lose their vision and become ingrown and self-focused.
Illus.: “Empty Offering Plate”
An artist who wished to paint a picture of a “dead church” visited a sanctuary with beautiful stained-glass windows and a magnificent pipe organ. Every pew was filled, but the offering plate, lying in the vestibule, was marked “FOR MISSIONS” and was conspicuously empty. It was then that the artist knew he had his subject.
When we take the word “commission” and drop off the first letter, we have the word, “omission.” A slight change in spelling, but a serious change in meaning.
What does the letter “C” stand for in the word COMMISSION? What are the essential elements in the life of the church, which if found, turn the Great Commission into the Great Omission?
1. “C” Stands for CONVICTION
Conviction that all men are lost and need a Redeemer. The Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isa.53:6). When a church loses this conviction, indifference and complacency settle
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