Facing a Task Unfinished

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Christians come in a variety of flavors.

You’ve got the fiery zealots, the stoic rocks, and the sweet & gushy Christians.
The shout & holler variety and the sit down & whisper.

You’ve got the hot, the cold, and the lukewarm.
There’s the babes in Christ and the aged men & women likewise.

You’ve got the liturgical/robed/sevenfold ahhhmens, the fiddle & geetars, and the syncopated drum solo Christians.
There’s the quiet Bible scholars and the loud Bible thumpers who’ve never read it.

You’ve got the nursing mothers who never hear a full sermon and the loud kid who keeps everybody from hearing it.
There’s the parents who let their kids act up and the ones who glare at those parents.

No matter what church you enter on a Sunday morning, chances are you’ll find an assortment of these flavors. Each one has his place in the grand scheme of things. Each one Jesus loves – even the ones that have become distasteful to the rest of us. Why He loves any of us, I have no clue.

Besides His incomprehensible love for us, there is one other glue that binds our motley band together. No matter what the sign on the church says or where in the world it is, there is one focus that makes us truly a church.

When this one focus is paramount, it will purify doctrine, attract attention, and especially recruit our children to continue on in this exciting Christian life.

That focus is the Great Commission.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Jesus told us to preach the gospel to every creature. Period.

The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus to pay the price for every sin that every human creature has committed. We share the gospel by speaking the word of God with the power of the Spirit of God. It takes wisdom and love to do it. When a church gets serious about the gospel, great things happen.

(This is a great point to gush about how I love my church SOOOOOO much. It is a Great Commission-focused church, and that’s why weird things like committee mutiny and church splits over decor choices seems so foreign to me. I am SOOOOOOO thankful my parents kept me in this church and that my husband has too. Okay, gush over.)

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That’s my husband singing there on the left with the light brown jacket! Ain’t he haaandsome?!

 

All that to say…

There is this song.

It is awesome.

Here it is.

Facing a Task Unfinished

Facing a task unfinished
That drives us to our knees
A need that, undiminished
Rebukes our slothful ease
We, who rejoice to know Thee
Renew before Thy throne
The solemn pledge we owe Thee
To go and make Thee known

Where other lords beside Thee
Hold their unhindered sway
Where forces that defied Thee
Defy Thee still today
With none to heed their crying
For life, and love, and light
Unnumbered souls are dying
And pass into the night

We go to all the world
With kingdom hope unfurled
No other name has power to save
But Jesus Christ The Lord

We bear the torch that flaming
Fell from the hands of those
Who gave their lives proclaiming
That Jesus died and rose
Ours is the same commission
The same glad message ours
Fired by the same ambition
To Thee we yield our powers

We go to all the world
With kingdom hope unfurled
No other name has power to save
But Jesus Christ The Lord

O Father who sustained them
O Spirit who inspired
Saviour, whose love constrained them
To toil with zeal untired
From cowardice defend us
From lethargy awake!
Forth on Thine errands send us
To labour for Thy sake

We go to all the world
With kingdom hope unfurled
No other name has power to save
But Jesus Christ The Lord.

It was written by missionary Frank Houghton during a time of great persecution in China. It has become a rally to stir up Christians and churches to refocus on the Great Commission.

On February 21, 2016, churches around the world sang this song at the request of Keith and Kristyn Getty, who have become passionate about stirring the church from its lethargy by using powerful hymns to reignite Christians to love Jesus Christ with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strengths.

Here is a video montage of many diverse flavors and languages singing. Enjoy!

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