Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Call to Evangelize (Matt. 28.16-20; Acts 1.8)

Scripture: Matthew 28.16-20; Acts 1.8
Translation: Matt. 28.16Then the Eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain, about which Jesus gave them orders. 17And when they saw Him, they worshipped, but they doubted. 18And as He approached, Jesus spoke to them by saying, “All authority in Heaven and on Earth was given to Me. 19So, go, make all the ethnicities disciples, by baptizing them into the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20by teaching them to obey all the things that I commanded you! And look, I am with you all the days until the end of the age.”
Acts 1.8Instead, you will get power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and all the way to the last part of the earth

1.      Do you ever wonder why you’re still stuck here on earth and not with Jesus? Sometimes we feel like life is so hard and so painful, it’s hard for us to understand why Jesus would leave us here and would want us to stay here in the midst of the pain and suffering and loss and confusion and evil?
2.      On top of that all of us have wondered in the past or are still wondering now about what our life purpose, our life calling is. we wonder what does God want us to do with our lives. What is the mission that He has given us to accomplish here on earth?
3.      And sometimes when we think about the Good News, we wonder what gives us the right to tell people what their lives are supposed to be about? And let’s face it, sometimes they throw that in our faces when we do tell them about Jesus.
4.      And then other times we wonder how we will ever be able to get through this life in general, and get through sharing the Good News with other people
5.      For the past weeks we have been looking at different reasons and ways to share the Good News with others, and today we will continue to think about that as we answer those questions
1.      Structure
a.       Matt. 28.16-20
                                                              i.      Intro: the Eleven Disciples went to the mountain in Galilee and met Jesus, worshipping and yet still doubting
                                                            ii.      Jesus speaks:
1.      Basis for our mission: Jesus’ authority
2.      Mission: make disciples
3.      Encouragement: Jesus will always be with us
b.      Acts 1.8
                                                              i.      Intro: Acts 1.1-7: Stay and get the Holy Spirit, and the disciples ask what happens now
                                                            ii.      1.8
1.      You will get power when the Holy Spirit comes on you
2.      You will be My Witnesses everywhere
2.      Themes
a.       Power/authority
b.      Jesus is leaving
c.       Mission/final instructions
d.      All ethnicities/all places/outward focused
e.       Jesus will be with us/the Spirit will be with us
f.       Make disciples
3.      Doctrines
a.       Jesus raised from the dead
b.      Jesus is Lord and God over all
c.       Jesus has commissioned all Christians to make disciples of all people in all places
d.      Jesus is always with believers through the Person of God the Holy Spirit
1.      Outline
a.       Matt. 28.16-20
                                                              i.      What gives us the right to fulfill our mission? Jesus’ authority, we are commissioned by Jesus, in a way it is really Jesus Who is sharing the Gospel when we share it
                                                            ii.      What is our life-mission? To make disciples of all nations/all ethnic groups
1.      This means going
a.       Where? Wherever God calls/leads and wherever we have opportunity
b.      When? Now, everyday
2.      This means baptizing
a.       In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, means that the Trinity is the bedrock of our faith, no one can become a Christian without agreeing with and trusting in the truth that there is One God Who lives forever as Three co-eternal, co-holy, co-omnipotent Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
b.      This also means that people have to truly change teams, they have to become a Christian, to have a conversion, and to have some kind of initiation ritual that publically identifies them with the believing community
3.      This means teaching
a.       What Jesus commanded us
                                                                                                                                      i.      Of course this means we have to know what He commanded us, which means praying and reading the Bible and coming to church
b.      To do what Jesus commanded us
                                                                                                                                      i.      Of course this means that also have to know how to do and have a track record of doing it.
                                                          iii.      What is our encouragement on our mission
1.      Jesus is always with us, even to the very end of time
a.       This means that we are never alone, never, which means that even when feel alone, we are not completely alone, and it is easy to feel alone, especially when you go to a place or start a new chapter in your life
b.      Acts 1.8
                                                              i.      What gives us power to share the Good News? The Holy Spirit
                                                            ii.      What is our missional-identity as Spirit-filled Christians: We are witnesses to the whole world
c.       Synthesis
                                                              i.      All of us want to know what our purpose is in life, we want to know why we are still here, why didn’t Jesus just take us to be with Him as soon as we knew Him for real. The answer is that Jesus left us here to accomplish This Mission of Telling All People From All Places about the Good News and of bringing them in the Christian community
                                                            ii.      Look, a lot of you guys are in high school and in college, and you are wondering what you are supposed to do with your life. What is your ultimate life goals and purposes, what is your calling from God? The answer, although not complete, is that a major part of your life purpose, your calling, your mission in this world is to complete the mission Jesus gave us of making disciples. You wonder who you are, what you are supposed to be when you grow up, but I can tell you want you are supposed to be right now and for the rest of your lives if you know and trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior: you are His witnesses, His living legal testimony in this world
                                                          iii.      What gives us the right to tell people stuff they may not want to hear? Jesus. Jesus is the King of the Whole Universe, He is the Ultimate Authority, whatever He says, we do, and can do
                                                          iv.      What gives us the encouragement and the power to not just get through life when it’s hard, but to reach people with the Gospel: Jesus is with us and His Holy Spirit lives in us to encourage us and empower us to complete our mission and live for Him
                                                            v.      Who are we supposed to reach? Everyone from everywhere, is this the universal church mission, yes, but is it the local church mission yes, is it the personal mission of every Christian yes! Our mission is really to make the universal church as multi-cultural and multiethnic as possible, and while that will mean some churches that reach mainly particular ethnic groups, we as ministry of people from the same generation, a generation that embraces people from all places and backgrounds, we should not confine ourselves to reaching people who are just like us, in fact the Gospel is more about us reaching people different than us, in addition to reaching the people like us
2.      Questions
a.       How does knowing what part of your ultimate life mission is help you figure out other parts of your life mission?
b.      Since all believers are called to tell people about Jesus and help them grow as part of the Christian family, what are you doing to make that happen in your life right now?
c.       When you feel alone and powerless, do you think trusting that Jesus really is there and relying on the Holy Spirit for power will help you? do you think it would help, but don’t know how to do that? If so, what could you do? If you do know how, what do you do?
d.      What do you think our group could look like if we really started to live out our mission from Jesus?

e.       We live in a very multiethnic, multicultural society, and as Christians our mission is to reach people from all peoples and places, so why do you think our group lacks the diversity around us/the diversity of people we are called to reach?

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