What is the great commission?
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
What is the gospel that we are to preach to every creature?
Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46, 47)
OK so we are to preach Christ crucified and resurrected to every creature, and repentance and remission of sins. And what else?
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Brothers and sisters it seems to me that the great commission is ultimately a call for church planting: preach the gospel, make disciples, baptize believers, teach them to observe all things.
There are many good things we can and should do but this is where our focus should be.
Here is a great article by Brother Josef Urban. He is a missionary and church planter in Guadalajara, Mexico. You can find more from him at puregospeltruth.com