by Bob DasalJesus said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" [Matt. 28:19-20]. The Lord Jesus established His church and gave it the Great Commission. How the church fulfills this in a hostile world is our challenge. I was never an athlete, but I do remember a basic principle of our high school basketball coach. He believed "the best defense is a good offense." How do we fulfill the Commission in defense of the gospel with an effective offense? Over the centuries it has been attempted in different ways. Some were good and effective, but others were not. It's really very basic. Over and over again it has been proven that the best way to fulfill the Great Commission is to allow the Lord Jesus (through His Holy Spirit) to live out of you the life He put into you. Being a true example of the believer before the world is the most effective evangelism, but this is easier said than done. The world, the flesh, and the devil constantly wage war against all attempts to share the gospel. What is your approach? Many churches are in decline and view "status quo" as progress. The old saying "change is inevitable" is correct. The challenge is knowing the difference between what's good change and what's not. Today's pastors face the challenge and opportunity to fulfill the Commission with tools no other generation has ever had. The opportunity is the ability to reach out through the media in ways unknown just two generations ago. The challenge is to stay true to biblical Christianity and to keep the message clear and uncompromising. Many pastors and churches are doing an excellent work of using new tools and fresh methods without compromise. Others get so carried away with the method they lose sight of the message. Some are so bound by religious tradition they quickly reject any method that does not fit their tradition. With so many current attempts to discredit Christianity we must "preach the Word" and truly practice daily biblical Christianity. When our walk and talk match up, the enemy is a defeated foe and we know as life the words of the hymn "Victory in Jesus." When they don't match up, then the saying "it's not the water outside the boat, but the water in the boat that sinks it" holds true. During this crucial time in the life of the church in America-let us be found faithful! It will not be easy, but it will be worth it!