The Great Commission: The World, The Word, and the Rock is the newest public sculpture to be added to the NGU campus. This is the fourth such artwork now making its home here.
The Great Commission piece was sculpted by Texas artist, Max Greiner, Jr., in 1999. Three of the four works displayed on campus are Greiner’s creations. Divine Servant (installed in 1996), Fisher of Men (installed in 2000), and now The Great Commission (installed in 2011). Gethsemane (installed in 2004) was designed by local Greenville artist, Douglas R. Young.
The Great Commission has been positioned in front of the new Craft/Hemphill Center for Evangelism, Missions & Christian Worldview. The Center will serve as home to the Christian Worldview, Church Planting and Revitalization, and Global Missions programs.
Greiner’s inspirational scripture for the sculpture is Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.”
“The Great Commission sculpture is a wonderful addition to our campus and will remind us every day about the importance of sharing Jesus Christ with others,” said NGU President Dr. Jimmy Epting.
Greiner is best known for his powerful Christian religious sculptures, even though his work also includes beautiful landscape oil paintings, jewelry, and stunning wildlife bronzes. His art is collected in all 50 states and more than two dozen countries. It is in the collections of popes and preachers, presidents and governors, national and international business leaders, and the stars of television, music and sports.