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Go!

November 23, 2015

The Great Commission is a classic portion of scripture that gives the Christian church the mandate to evangelize the world.

Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

I.  Go!

Verse 29 begins with the simple word ‘Go’.  As Christians we are called to an active response, not a passive existence.  In the book of Acts Jesus tells His disciple that they will be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the end of the earth.  (Acts 1:8)   We too, are called to testify of the hope that is within us.  We are not to keep the Good News to ourselves, but to share it with others.

II.  Make Disciples

Sometimes in evangelical circles it seems as though the end goal is getting someone to say the sinners prayer.  We count up the number of people who say this prayer and keep a record to include on our annual report.  However, we are called to make disciples.  Conversion is only the first step.  We want people to be life-long followers of Jesus.  We teach them, and encourage them to follow all of the commandments of Jesus.  Baptism is a public declaration that a person is a disciple of Jesus.  Salvation may be private.  Baptism should be public.

III.  We Are Not Alone

In my philosophy class at the college one of the philosophers we study is an atheist named Jean Paul Satre.  He acknowledges that the consequence of his atheism is a belief that we are forlorn and in anguish.  Forlorn because we are alone in the world and in anguish because there is no God to provide direction.

I am glad to say that we are not alone.  God is with us always.  God is a spirit and as such is not limited by physical restraints.  It is a great comfort to acknowledge the presence of God.  God also provides direction for us by His Word and His Spirit.

IV.  The Good Shepherd:  Psalms 23

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

Jesus referred to Himself as the Good Shepherd.  We recognize that Jesus will guide our steps, that He will provide for us, and that He will protect us.  He has called us to a mission, but He has not left us alone.  He is with us always and will guide, provide and protect.

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The Great Commission

April 8, 2013

Here are the sermon notes from 4/7/13.

Today I am preaching from a passage of scripture well-known as the Great Commission.   Missionaries commonly use these verses in encouraging missions support.  This text is excellent for that purpose, and for much more.

Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

All Authority:  Jesus lived during the reign of the Roman Empire.  The Romans were polytheistic, believing in many gods.   The Jewish people were a part of a monotheistic religion; believing that only Jehovah; their God, was real.  It was common for nations to have their own god that they claimed as their own.  When Jesus proclaims that all authority has been given to Him it says that He is Lord over all; all kingdoms, nations and people.

Go:  This is an active pursuit, not passive.  It is like the difference between stalking deer or sitting in a deer stand waiting for them to come to you.  We are not to sit in our churches waiting for people to come to us, we are to go to them with the gospel message, to share the hope that is within us.

Make Disciples:  We are asked to record the number of new conversions that take place each year in our ministry.  Conversions are important, but they are only the beginning.  A new convert must become a disciple, and a disciple is a life-long servant and student.

All Nations:  We are sent into all the world with the hope of the gospel.  We should all share the message in our particular circumstances; watching for the ‘divine appointments’ that God may bring our way.  We should also be open to hear God’s call to further missions involvement.  We may be called to the mission field as full-time missionaries, or short-term assignments, or whenever the opportunity arises.  We also should support those who do go around the world with our prayers and our offerings.

Baptizing Them:  Christians throughout the centuries have argued over the form, timing and meaning of baptism.  We all recognize that if you are Christian, then you should be baptized.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:  This statement of Christ continues the progressive revelation of the triune God.  The nature of the trinity is hinted at in the Old Testament, more fully revealed in the New Testament, and hammered out through time by the reflection of God’s people upon God’s Word.

Teaching Them:  As I have already said, a disciple is a life-long student.  If we think that we already know everything, then we really understand very little.  We should continue to both learn more, and teach others what we have learned.

To Observe:  We are not simply to know, we are to do.  For someone to say I know I should but… is wrong to accept.  If we know we should, then we should do.

Always With You:  The comfort of the knowledge that Christ is with us always is immeasurable.  It is one of my favorite portions of scripture.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  We do not face the challenges of life alone.  Christ is with us always.

The Great Commission

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.