Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20)
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (Mark 16:15)
At the conclusion of the 2014 General Assembly, the delegation of World Olivet Assembly chose the passage from Mark 16:15 to signify WOA’s focus. In the recordings of the Synoptic Gospels, the Lord commanded the Disciples to preach the gospel to all the world, a command we know as the Great Commission.
Christians today who are seeking to fulfill the Great Commission face battles on two fronts. Churches participating in dispatching missionaries face challenges in taking the gospel to all of the unreached peoples. But on the other hand, churches also face challenges at home, especially in the heart of Europe and the United States, where the Christian faith is under serious attack.
As conflicts rage on among warring ethnicities and even young intellectuals become prone to psychological issues, like depression, boredom, and various emotional problems due to lack of spiritual discernment, the work of evangelism and preaching the gospel have never been more important.
As Christians in this generation, we have an obligation to bring to this world the complete truth spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ, for salvation through faith in His name and help others to discern light from darkness, to do away with the life of sin and live a righteous life through the power of the Cross.
WOA is committed to promoting unity within the evangelical church and the greater body of Christ strengthening the church with fresh vision and empower it to fulfill the Great Commission and pursue God's Kingdom and righteousness with greater fervency and passion. We invite all to join us in our endeavor to deliver the message of God’s hope around the world.
Oh Father God, after passing the eventful last year, we thank you for allowing us to greet this new year 2019. Throwing off all the old and stale things, may we be strengthened with our Father God in newness. Allow this day to be the day of joy where we start anew.
In this day of history, Father God has loved us. You foreknew us. You have chosen us. You have justified us. You will lead us to the ultimate place of glory.