Commission Publishing exists to plant and water seeds in discipleship in order to bring forth good fruit.
Our mission is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and His Great Commission to His 11 disciples using the parable of the sower (Matthew 7:15-20, 13:3-9, 28:18-20):
According to Matthew 13:23 in the parable of the sower, there were three reasons why the seed was sown into good ground:
- Heard the Word of the kingdom.
- Understood the Word of the kingdom.
- Applied the Word of the kingdom (brought forth good fruit).
The following reasons prevented others from bringing forth good fruit:
- Not understanding the Word of the kingdom (Matthew 13:19).
- Not enduring in tribulation or persecution because of the Word of the kingdom (Matthew 13:20-21).
- Becoming unfruitful because of the cares of the world and the deceitful of riches (Matthew 13:22; 1 John 2:15-17).
From the information provided in the parable of the sower and Jesus’ Great Commission, we’ll focus our efforts of bringing forth good fruit through three key areas:
1. Reducing Biblical illiteracy. Though many people today have an overwhelming amount of access to the Bible and other religious materials, they often spend decades in the church without a sound understanding of the Bible. Though reading is one aspect of living as a disciple (James 1:22-25), a person’s faith is established through hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Therefore, we will seek initiatives to promote Bible reading.
2. Teaching sound Biblical doctrine. In teaching sound doctrine, we will train disciples in the teachings of Jesus Christ and address life issues which cause disciples to become unfruitful in order to turn them back to the Lord (Matthew 13:22; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Hebrews 5:13).
3. Encouraging Biblical scholarship. Disciples of Christ should be committed to rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). As the only and true interpretation of the Bible is from the Lord, it is our purpose to not only learn and share His interpretation, but to teach others to do the same. Therefore, we will promote methods, processes, and principles which assist in this endeavor (i.e. Biblical hermeneutics).
Source scriptures: Matthew 7:15-20, 13:3-9, 18-23; 1 Corinthians 1:10-3:23; Hebrews 5:12-6:3; 1 John 2:15-17.