“Jesus and the Great Commission” out of Matthew 28:18-20 was preached on November 4th, 2012 by Pastor Brett Baggett at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee. Week #43 in Ekklesia’s The King and His Cross sermon series.
The last 42 weeks we at Ekklesia have looked at Jesus’ life: what he said, what he did, and more importantly, what it all means. We have seen Jesus live a perfect life for our righteousness and our example, die for our sin on the cross, and arise from death to eternal life for our salvation. Now Jesus is going back to God the Father. Before Jesus ascends to heaven, he tells his disciples what their mission is to be until he returns: “Make disciples of all nations.” To be a disciple is the same as being a Christian, or believer- they are synonyms. A disciple/Christian/believer is someone that has a new identity– child of God, saved from sin and blessed with adoption into God’s family, new priorities– exalting Jesus above all, and a new purpose– to glorify God in all spheres of life. All by God’s grace, through faith in the finished work of Jesus. Jesus even tells us how we are to make disciples. He says “go,” and “proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). Furthermore, Jesus teaches us what we are to do when people come to faith in Jesus, through the gospel message, and become Disciples. Jesus says, “Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
In summary, Jesus tells us what our mission is, and how we are to accomplish our mission: Go, proclaim the gospel, make disciples, baptize them, and teach them all about Jesus and the Bible.
The greatest news about the great commission is that Jesus tells us, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” and “Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” The one with the utmost authority in the universe is with us, for us, and will accomplish this mission through us. The mission cannot fail!
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “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.”
Q.1 Was there anything from Sunday’s sermon or the big idea that was new to you or had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind?
When Jesus says, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” in Mark 16:15, he is sending us into all people groups and all spheres of life. Jesus has sent you into your neighborhood, workplace, and school for a reason. Jesus has given you friends and acquaintances for a reason.
Q.2 What does it mean for the mission when Jesus says, “I have all authority” and “I will be with you always”?
Q.3 Why do we share the gospel with people? *there’s more than one answer
Q.4 How can you view your neighborhood as a mission field to make disciples? What are some ways that you can actively seek to make disciples in your neighborhood?
Q.5 How can you view your workplace or school as a mission field to make disciples? What are some ways that you can actively seek to make disciples in your workplace or school?
Q.6 How can you view your friendships and acquaintances as a mission field to make disciples? What are some ways that you can actively seek to make disciples through your friendships and acquaintances?