On June 15, the messengers at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Orlando, FL, voted to affirm recommendations calling for a Great Commission Resurgence in our convention. The purpose of this was to call Southern Baptists to recommit themselves to making disciples of all nations, including the communities in which they live.
The need for this is staggering. Of the almost 7 billion people in the world, the most generous estimate is that only around 1 billion are Christians. This means that over 6 billion people are lost and on the road to eternal punishment in hell. Of these 6 billion who are lost, over 3.5 billion have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the words of the committee who brought the recommendations to the convention, “There is no way that Southern Baptists can make real progress toward reaching these unreached people groups unless we experience a genuine Great Commission Resurgence. We must see a tidal wave of evangelistic and missionary passion, or the numbers of unreached people groups will only grow, and lostness will spread.”