Summary: The last command given by Jesus Christ. Still the marching orders for the Church.
A. The Great Commission
1. It’s the last command given by Jesus Christ.
2. It is given to all believers.
3. It hasn’t been completed or finished.
4. It is still the marching orders of the church.
B. The First Giving – John 20:19-23
When: On Sunday evening of Resurrection Day. “That evening, on the first day of the week” (20:19).
Where: In the Upper Room. “The disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders” (20:19).
Who: 10 disciples. “One of the disciples, Thomas, was not with the others when Jesus came” (20:24).
What to do: Go for Me. He didn’t tell them where to go, nor what to do. “As the Father sent Me, so I send you” (20:21).
How to do it: Inner assurance: “Peace be unto you” (20:21).
His help: “He breathed on them . . . receive the Holy Spirit” (20:22).
When: One week later. “Eight days later the disciples were together . . . the doors were locked” (John 20:26).
Where: The Upper Room: “As they were eating together” (Mk. 16:19).
Who: Eleven disciples. “This time Thomas was with them” (John 20:26).
What to do: Tell all lost people. “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere” (Mk. 6:15).
How to do it: Believe. “Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (John 20:27).
His help. Signs. “These signs will accompany . . . cast out demons . . . speak new languages . . . be able to handle snakes . . . heal” (Mark 16:17-18).
D. The Third Giving – Matthew 28:16-20
When: 3-4 weeks. “The disciples left for Galilee” (Matt. 28:16).
Where: On mountain. “Going to the mountain where Jesus told them to go” (Matt. 28:16).
Who: Perhaps 500. “He was seen by more than five hundred followers at one time” (1 Cor. 15:6).
What to do: Get followers from every ethnic group. “As you are going make disciples of all people groups” (Matt. 28:19, ELT).
How to do it: Plant new churches. “Baptizing them” (Matt. 28:19).
His help: Christ present with you. “I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20).
E. The Fourth Giving – Luke 24:36-49
When: Sunday. “The forty days after His crucifixion” (Acts 1:3).
Where: In Jerusalem – Upper Room. They returned from Galilee to Jerusalem, “Jesus Himself was suddenly standing there . . . He ate” (Luke 24:36, 41, 43).
Who: The 11 disciples plus others. “You are witnesses” (Luke 24:28).
What to do: Preach the content of the gospel, i.e., the death, burial and resurrection. “He opened their minds to understand . . . that the Messiah must suffer, and die and rise again from the dead on the third day . . . take this message of repentance to all ethnic groups . . . forgiveness of sins for all who turn to Me” (Luke 24:45-48).
His help: Pray for power from the Holy Spirit. “Stay in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you” (Luke 24:49).