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The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20, Jeremiah 1:4-10, Andrew Love, August 5, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • A missionary text because of our recent journey
  • Is the Great Commission the Great 'Omission' in the UK?
    • Is Evangelism not at the forefront of the church?
  • The context of this verse
    • To take the gospel out, not just to the Jews but to the Gentiles and all nations
    • When: The message given shortly before Jesus was to depart from the earth
      • His last words
    • Why: Because He would no longer be with His disciples
  • This is a call to evangelise

A Call to Evangelise

  • Example of answer to question
    • Some people are called by God to be full-time Evangelists
  • A Godly call
    • Jesus' words to 11 disciples - a word [call] specifically to them
    • 1 Tim 1:12
    • It is God that calls/places people into ministry
    • Jeremiah is called of God
    • Moses was called of God
    • Personal example
    • Not all will be for you
      • 1 Tim 4
    • Heb 5:4
  • The Great Commission applies in particular to those who are called in a full-time way
    • But it does apply to the whole of the Church
      • Eph 4
    • The Church has many needs today: we need more full-time workers
      • Are we willing to say as Isaiah, 'here I am send me'?
      • Maybe not full-time service, but maybe God has something for us to do
    • If God calls us, He will equip us

The Basis for Going

  • We go as an ambassador for God
    • We receive the message and are to pass it on exactly as we received it
    • Example of Jim Elliot
  • We go in Christ's strength

Consider the Task

  • It does not say to make converts but to make disciples
    • Only God can bring conversion
      • He will bring sanctification
      • We are to help make disciples
  • Discipleship is required to help teach others about God
    • Example
    • "Teaching them to observe all things"
    • We must never underestimate the power of consecutive expository ministry
      • Pulpit ministry, regular preaching & teaching, coming along side
    • Regular teaching - examples
    • Living a godly life - seeing the truth in action
  • Baptism
    • An ordinance for the apostles, later passed on to elders
    • A sign of people professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
      • Example 
    • Why is there no record of certain people in Scripture being baptised
      • Jesus had come to preach and convert, not baptise
      • This would be done later (but early on in their faith)
      • On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out
    • Repentance and faith the two qualifications for baptism
    • In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - to emphasise belief in the Triune God

The Promise that is Given

  • Jesus is with us even to the end of the age
    • This verse must apply today because we have not yet reached the end of the age
    • It is for the Church in all times

Closing Remarks


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


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