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Daily Living – Episode 62 – Wade Griffin

Daily Living – Episode 62 – Wade Griffin

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The Great Commission – Neighboring

Author: Pastor Wade Griffin

Read: Matthew 28:19
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (ESV)

As I meditated on this compelling verse, the Holy Spirit brought to mind our Mission here at Idlewild. Giving ourselves daily to help each one live in the rescuing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is those 18 words that speak to how we at Idlewild will live out the great commission. In recent years, our culture and society have changed dramatically. There seems to be a growing resistance to a gospel presentation. It is apparent that our methods must adjust without compromising our mission. Jesus’ great commandment in Matthew 22: 36-40 gives us powerful insight into how to live out his great commission.

I shared in today’s video that I was extremely convicted after reading the book The Art of Neighboring by Pathak and Runyon. We had to face the reality that we knew very little about our neighbors and that it was impossible to love our neighbors if we didn’t even know their name. That was approximately 4 years ago. Since that time, I am thrilled to tell you that we have many new friends in our neighborhood. As we became intentional, actually wrote down names in order to remember them, took cookies to get acquainted, hosted dinners and supported several who had needs, it became natural to have gospel conversations, pray with them and invite them to church. A free website called Bless Every Home was a big help. It pulls names from public records and sends us a reminder email each day with a few specific neighbors to pray for. We would encourage you to check it out at: