General Baptist National Youth Conference
June 16-18, 2017 | Lake Williamson Christian Center – Carlinville, IL
I Will Go!
I have two wonderful kids. But as wonderful as they are, they don’t always do what I say. Can you relate? Maybe you’ve failed to do what you’ve been told to do before. Maybe you’ve told someone to do something and they have failed you. It’s a bit frustrating when we tell someone to do something because we believe it’s important that they do it, but they drop the ball.
When I tell my daughter or son to go do something. I expect a response from them. I want to know two things. I want to know that they heard what I said and that they are willing to go do it. I would love for them to look me in the eyes and say, “I will go do that right now, Dad.” It would be so amazing to know that they cared about getting it done as much as I do.
Whenever we are told to go do something, it requires a response. We can’t ignore the command. We can’t pretend it didn’t happen. We were told to go for a reason. Sometimes the reason is important to just one person. Other times, the eternities of people are on the line.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” — Matthew 28:19 (ESV)
Those are some of the last recorded words of Jesus. We call it the great commission. It’s a command to “go” that Jesus gives us after he has resurrected from the dead and right before he goes back to heaven. He is about to leave earth and one of the last things he tells his disciples is “go.”
Jesus has assigned us a mission. It’s a mission that matters to him. In fact, it matters so much to him that he gave his life for it. That mission is to “Go… and make disciples of all nations.” Too often we ignore the command. We pretend Jesus didn’t give us this mission. But the fact is, he did give it to us because it’s important to him that it gets done. I believe it’s time for us to stand up, look Jesus in the eyes, say “I will go!” and then go get it done.
This year at NYC our goal is twofold:
- Help students understand the awesome mission Jesus has assigned them.
- Empower students to go get it done when they get home.
It’s really this simple. If we believe Jesus was born or a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for the sins of mankind, and rose again to offer forgiveness and salvation to all those sinners he died for… then it’s time to get serious about what we believe and say, “I WILL GO!”
See you in June!
Grace and Peace,