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18. The Power of All – Part 3

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Matthew 28:16-20
16 “Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 “When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!” 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

In the Great Commission not only did Christ remind His disciples that He possessed ALL power but He commanded them to share His message of mercy with:

2. ALL People

Our commission is to go and share not to sit and be silent. Are you serving or being selfish? In John 20:21 Jesus clearly said: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” In His divine command to go Jesus reminds us that it is His authority that sends us, His authority that guides us, and His authority that empowers us. We are not just sent in His power we are sustained in His power. In Verse 19, after reminding His disciples of His power Christ commands us to, “Go and make disciples of ALL THE NATIONS.” It is His power that dispels our doubts. The bases of the call is not comfort it is Christ and His power. In Mark 16:15 it says, ” “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” If He is in charge then it is about His call, yet so often we center the mission around me instead of the Master. We make it about our wants instead of His Will. But the real mission is centered on making disciples. The. Mission is not about our feelings it is about making followers. Today we are in danger of making it more about our comfort than His call. Our mission and ministry is wherever we find ourselves at the moment, whether it be at work, on vacation, in a restaurant or with our family. Christian parents are to make disciples of their children. Christian employers are to make disciples of their employees. Employees are to make disciples of their fellow employees. All believers are called to share the Savior with those who do not know Jesus

SCRIPTURE: files are white for harvest few workers.

The statistics of the unreached people of the world are staggering, it is estimated that there are:

865 million unreached Muslims or Islamic followers in 3330 cultural sub-groupings

550 million unreached Hindus in 1660 cultural sub-groups

150 million unreached Chinese in 830 groups

275 million unreached Buddhists in 900 groups

2550 unreached tribal groups, many of which are mainly animistic, with a total population of 140 million

A much smaller though important unreached group are the 17 million Jews scattered across 134 countries

There are also many of our neighbors, friends, families, co-workers, classmates, and those who serve us in restaurants, and retail stores, that have never heard the Good News of the Gospel. How many unreached lives are there in your community? Jesus is calling you to a monumental mission one packed with both meaning and purpose. But Jesus did not just call us to share the story of salvation and see them get saved. It is not enough for us to reach them with the message of salvation, we are commanded to make disciples of them. Disciples are not spontaneously created at conversion; they are the product of a process involving other believers guiding them to grow in grace. Jesus came to save all men, He bore the sins of all on the accursed tree, He paid the price for all through His death, His plan is for all to hear the Gospel, to repent of their sins and follow Him. He desires that men, women, boys and girls from all four corners of the world would become His disciples. What is a disciple you might ask? Well the dictionary defines it as one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another. Biblically a disciple is someone who, by grace, has turned from their sin and in faith turned to Christ, and who learns from Christ to live like Him, and by God’s power and grace, conforms his or her words and actions to the words and will of Jesus seeking to have others become Christ’s disciples.

Not only did Jesus talk about ALL Power and ALL people but thirdly:

3. ALL Things

Verse 20 states: “teaching them to obey all things that I have commanded you” In Acts 8, we read of an Ethiopian eunuch, who had traveled to Jerusalem to worship the Lord. While returning home in his chariot, he was reading a copy of the writings of the prophet Isaiah when Philip, a disciple of Christ, met him and asked a critical question: “Do you actually know what you are reading?” The man replied: “How can I, unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” His comment is crucial and one we need to understand today, for this man to get it he needed a guide, someone to lead the way for him. That is the job of a disciple to point people to the truth, which means we need to be clearly communicating the Word of God. But you can’t teach what you have not studied. In order to share His Word we first need to be a student of His Word. How well do you know your bible? Are you a student of the Word or a skimmer? Many of us stay on the surface satisfied with just skimming over the water of the Word instead of diving deep. It’s the difference between snorting and scuba diving. Now when it comes to teaching these new converts there is nothing in the teachings of the New Testament that is not included in the “teach them to observe all that I have commanded you.” As followers of Jesus we are responsible to present the whole counsel of God to those we are disciplining. We also need to note that we have not been commanded to simply present the teachings of Christ. Jesus’ was careful in the choice of words that He used here for He did not merely say: ‘Teach them all the things I have commanded you.’ Rather, he said: ‘Teach them to obey all the things I have commanded you.’ To obey a command means to “conform one’s action” to that command, to obey, or keep, it. This is not just outward conformity but inward change. This is not about keeping rules but about responding rightly. God has established a pass-along principle. As it states in 2 Timothy 2:2 “…what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” So let me ask you, are you living in ALL His Power, sharing it with ALL people, and teaching them ALL things or are you limiting the Lord and minimizing His message?

 

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