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— Romans 10.17 —
The first word of Jesus' Great Commission is "go". Go where? To all nations, of course. Isn't that what the rest of the passage says: "Go make disciples of all nations..."
When many Christians read those words they tend to think that such a command and commission applies mainly--if not only--to a smaller, especially called group of disciples known as missionaries. After all, missionaries are usually those who leave their own nation to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in other nations.
That is exactly right. But, thinking the Great Commission, therefore, doesn't apply to the rest of us is not at all right. Not at all. Jesus' mandate to missions is meant for every one of His followers. So, are you living on mission?
If you're able, please turn in your copy of God's Word to Matthew chapter 28, and following along in vv19-20.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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growing in truth: Read: Matthew 28:16-20
Why did the disciples go to the mountain? Jesus directed them there.
When they got there, what did they do? Some worshiped and some doubted.
What was the worship about? Honoring in faith that Jesus is the risen Christ. That He had completed the work of the cross defeating sin and rising from the grave and deserved to be glorified.
What was the doubt? Probably that this Man they were following was Jesus, the risen Christ. Remember, Thomas, doubted and Jesus wasn’t recognized on the road to Ananias. These were disciples that Jesus directed to the mountain. They were followers of Jesus, but still struggling in their flesh to understand.
So a bunch of followers--strong and weak--go to a mountain as directed by Jesus. Then the King says: "18 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
What is the purpose of His command? To grow His Kingdom so that all that are called might enjoy Him as God and give Him the glory He deserves.
Can you make a nation of disciples? Can you make even one? In our own flesh we can not make anyone follow Jesus. Only the Holy Spirit working through us can help us identify the lost and deliver the Good News to them. Only the Holy Spirit can make a sinner repent and follow Jesus. We must love Jesus with hearts of flesh and be willing to serve as teachers of all Jesus commanded. We must be willing to baptize those who have surrendered to Jesus as God.
What should a new disciple want to do? Be baptized as a public declaration of their new heart, surrendered to the Lord. They should want to be discipled and disciple others (baptism & teaching). Mature saints need to help them grow.
sharing life together: Pastor Paige, suggested that a helpful way to differentiate between a Christian missionary and a missional Christian is geography. What does that mean?
Generally, Christian missionaries go to other nations and proclaim Jesus. Missional Christians go to work, school, the store, wherever and proclaim Jesus.
When is the last time you told someone about your faith? If people don't respond then ask someone or testify your self.
If disciples are not willing to make disciples, what are we effectively saying to King Jesus? I am a disobedient subject. You are not my King... The life you gave me is about my comfort, not Your glory.
How can the church better equip you to proclaim your faith in Jesus and be a discipler "as you go” about your life? Try to hook up the weak with the strong, the Pauls with the Timothys. Have the new saints sustain with seasoned ones.
living on mission: Pastor Paige, challenged people to be creative in proclaiming Jesus. What is a creative way we might proclaim Jesus to our community?