The Importance of Literature in Living Out the Great Commission
In literature three important characters take part: he who writes, he who prints and he who reads. The writer, the printer and the reader play totally different roles that are highly interconnected.
In written communication, we identify the following outstanding (prominent) processes that have a great relationship to the mission that we have received as Christians.
Creation: Is the art and style of writing that permits the writer, the printer and the reader, the possibility of creating and re-creating the theme over and over again, to a greater or lesser extent, which we are sharing.
Communication: Is the expression of the message that we want to share with others.
Commitment and Identity: In some way we need to commit and identify ourselves with that which we write, print or read.
Growth: He who writes as well as he who reads or prints, grows as each one carries out his/her work. We all are enriched.
Changes: The fruit of this interchange produces changes in our mind and in our approach to life.
If we apply these processes in Living Out the Great Commission we will find that they are interrelated. Jesus created a new avenue with a totally different message from the one taught by the teachers of his time. Jesus Christ communicated and sends us to communicate this message so that everyone can know it. Jesus committed himself to and identified with this message. He expects that we not only take it as a command but also that we live it passionately. He knew that by living the Great Commission, our life would be enriched and would grow. But there is something more important for which Jesus gave us this message: To produce changes in the lives of persons, not only for the here and now but also for eternity. Let us live in holiness and identify ourselves with Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
The ministry of Literature seeks
- To challenge all Nazarenes to commit ourselves and to identify ourselves with that which we believe.
- To enrich our spirit and knowledge so that through the love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, we will be active participants of the changes of lives transformed by Him.
- To produce publications for the development of believers in the local church.
- To discover edifying and holiness materials that are already published and are being used successfully.
- To promote the use of holiness literature.
- To take advantage of the privilege that our church gives us through the written page.
According to UNESCO, the Day of Language and the World Day of Books and Rights of Authors have unified their commemoration on April 23. The date coincides with the death in the year 1616, on the same day and month of three great writers: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and William Shakespeare.
Therefore we declare the month of April the month of emphasis on reading and the promotion of Nazarene literature.