Summary: People need to hear the Word of God and then they need to be taught the Word of God.
Intro- Are You Comfortable.
I. Paul’s’ exposition (Romans 10:12-18). He expounds upon the Great Commission.
People need to hear the Word of God and then they need to be taught the Word of God.
People will not know the Word of God if someone does not approach them with the message.
We are sent so that others may know God.
Three Observations. The three observations intertwine with each other; you can’t do one without the other. The three are the plurality of the commission, an action responding to the commission and an empowerment from Jesus while obeying the commission.
The Plurality of the Commission – everyone is involved in carrying out Jesus’ command to evangelize and baptize the nations.
Christ’s’ instruction to all followers (Mark 1).
“Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men”.
The early church (Acts 8:1-4) Everyone!
“They that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word”.
c. Acts 1 & 2, the apostles (all of them) were filled with the Spirit of God.
3000 were added to the church the first day.
An Action has to be taken – physical effort has to be exerted.
The results of the early church were enormously effective.
1a) In 300 years the entire civilized world (the Roman Empire) had been introduced to Christ.
2a) The Roman government – the Roman Senate had Christians within its body.
3a) Constantine in 313 AD had made Christianity the State religion.
We are to copy the early church – we are to put legs to the Word of God.
1b) They were successful because they followed Jesus’ instruction.
2b) They obeyed the Commission as given by Jesus.
3b) If we sit and wait for the right times to speak, the right opportunities to minister, the right words to say we will spend all our evangelizing time sitting and waiting. We are to go forth in a fallen world and proclaim the gospel of Christ. We are to claim the power given to us and speak the good news to all men. We have the authority of the living God. Let’s get the job done!
Empowerment – We are given empowerment from Jesus.
Jesus gave us all the power & authority to carry out the work
Jesus is always with us, we need not be afraid to go out in the world and do his work.
He equips us with the tools that we need when we need them.
We are to boldly speak out in the name of Jesus. The church has a lot of radical change needed to incorporate the master’s plan of evangelism. I sense that we all need to be more committed in our role to fill the great commission. We have been given the help, given the strength, given the power, so why are we not vigorously evangelizing the world around us. Has Satan bound the present day church with timid humbleness?
Evangelism is not just a Christian principle that we discuss and manipulate others to do, Evangelism is a way of life. It is the essence of Christianity. Without it the church would soon fail.
5. The we, in these three objectives of the Commission is meant to be the church. All Christians are being called to evangelize the world. All Christians can expect to receive the help of Jesus when they obey his command. We can also expect to carry out this command with all the authority that Jesus had when he fulfilled his mission on Earth. We don’t need to be timid, scared or wary to speak in the name of Christ because we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit who abides within us. We are given this gift so we can be bold, outright and forceful in delivering Jesus’ message of salvation to all that we meet. We are to do this, not because we are Christians, but because we are called. We are called by the one true God to evangelize his world.
What has happened to the church since the commission?
As the church was successful the first half of the first century, it became stagnate the latter half.
From approximately 500 AD to the present the church became ineffective because of inaction.
The leadership took over the job of evangelizing that at one time the membership once did.
Satan couldn’t hurt the church through persecution, so he turned the church internal and divided it through doctrine.
Satins’ tactic was so successful that it is still prevalent in today’s churches. Over 95% of the church members in the United States have never lead anyone to the Lord.
The church has to get back to the basics of church growth