Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Great Commission

It is interesting to note that there are five places in the New Testament that the Great Commission is given to Jesus' disciples (the NT church) - but each passage has a slightly different emphasis:

The Content Of The Great Commission:

Luke 24:46-49 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

The Recipients Of This Commission:

Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Who's To Go Fulfill It:

All New Testament believers - John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

How To Fulfill The Great Commission:

Witness/preach the Gospel, baptize converts, teach them Bible doctrine (build them up in the faith) - Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Where To Start (The Plan Of Action):

Start at your Jerusalem, the place where you live, then go out further from there, to the regions beyond you - Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

In Matthew 28:18 we also have on whose authority we are to go and preach the Gospel - the risen Christ's.

In Acts 1:8 we have the power for our service - the Holy Spirit working in and through us.

In Mark 16:20 and all through the book of Acts we have the church in action, going out on the authority of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit, fulfilling this Great Commission, bringing the Gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world.

Are you and your local church a part of fulfilling this Great Commission?

June 20th/06
Jerry Bouey

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