Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, September 17, 2017
Sermon Series – MISSION POSSIBLE #3
“What’s So GREAT About Our Commission?”
Before His ascension to Heaven, Jesus issued what has come to be called The Great Commission. A “commission” is “an authoritative command; a directive; a command.” When Jesus spoke these words directly to His disciples, and indirectly to us, He was giving the church her marching orders. He was telling exactly what He expected us to do in His physical absence.
Has The Great Commission become The Great Omission in your life and mine? Are we as a church doing everything we can to find inroads of outreach into the world around us? Are we minding our business as a local church?
I want to take a fresh look at The Great Commission today. I want to share three facts from these verses that give us much needed insight into our marching orders. I want to preach on the subject: What’s So Great about Our Commission?
I. Our Commission Is Great Because The Command Is Clear: Matt. 28:19, “(As you) Go, make disciples”
A. It involves our LIFESTYLE (Matthew 5:13-16)
1.”You are the salt of the earth” (v.13). Our lives should be creating thirst while being a preservative against evil.
2.”You are the light of the world” (vv.14-16). Our lives should be a big spotlight pointing people directly to God.
B. It involves our LIPS (Mark 16:15)
II. Our Commission Is Great Because The Objective Is Clear: Matt. 28:19, “make disciples of all nations (people groups)”
Jesus’ followers are to reproduce other disciples of all the nations (the word translated nations is the plural of ethnos, meaning “peoples, or ethnic groups,” as in 24:14).
III. Our Commission Is Great Because The Ministry Is Clear: Matt. 28:20, “Teaching them” (Ministry of Discipleship)
Jesus tells His followers to engage in a specific ministry: “. . . teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you . .” As we go and as we tell the world about Jesus, the message we are to share is very clear. We are to share the Gospel. The result is that new converts are in need of being discipled.
CONCLUSION: Two Great Resources
- We Are Promised Christ’s Presence – “Lo, I am with you always. . . ” (Matt. 28:20)
- We are Promised Christ’s Power – “All power in Heaven and earth is given unto Me” (v.18) – Christ also says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me . . .” (Acts 1:8)