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To learn more about the ministry of Mars Hill, please visit www.mars-hill.org. 

If this is your first encounter with Mars Hill Productions and The HOPE project, we invite you to read the following article and consider partnering with us. Written by the President/Co-Founder of Mars Hill, Fred Carpenter, it reveals his personal journey and understanding of our role in the Great Commission. 

How to Make Your Life Count by Fred Carpenter

The Purpose of This Paper

I’ve heard it said that your perception determines your path and your path determines your destiny. The truth in this statement can be clearly seen as it plays out in our choice of a career path or a spouse. But nowhere is the eternal impact of this truth more profound than in our understanding of, and our response to, the words of Jesus known as the Great Commission.

Among other places in the Bible, the Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you . . .”

When I answered God’s call to start Mars Hill in 1977, my view of the Great Commission was basically that as Christians we all had one main job description: to win as many people to Christ as possible, to help them grow in their Christian life, and to do as much of the job as we could before His return. Over the next 15 years, Mars Hill produced several films that were used to bring thousands of people to Christ and to mobilize thousands more to share their faith in Christ with others. Our films however were geared mostly for people in North America. I could have continued on this path for years thinking I was as effective for God as I could be.

But in the early 90’s God began helping me see a picture of the Great Commission I had somehow missed in all my previous years of ministry. As my perception changed, my priorities changed. The course of my life and of Mars Hill followed. I now know of many who share a similar story in coming to see this same picture. And because I believe it is so central to God’s purposes in this world I am compelled to share it. I pray you are blessed and He is glorified as a result.