Summary: This sermon is the first of four in a series on the "Great Commission"
Go Therefore, and Make Disciples
Church of God Seventh Day Meridian, ID
October 28, 2000
What I originally thought about speaking of was a little different (in light of Halloween), but...
One of my beliefs (use Halloween as an example)
Holy living vs. looking at sin
What you should do vs. what you should not do
*running away from sin, vs. running to holiness
So, I decided to do it, not preach about it
Today, talk about something “we should do”
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 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.
I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS
He sent the Holy Spirit down to us (account in Gospels (Luke) and Acts)
We need the Holy Spirit
Jesus had: Acts 10 (quickview) : 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Important to know we are not on our own, the apostles were not, nor was Jesus
Plainly: teach, baptize, teach
Also: disciple, baptize, teach
Teach Everyone “Teach all nations”
Teach Everything “Teaching them to observe all things…”
Notice use of Greek word: Pas: any, all, every, the whole
All things, not some things, or a few things
This goes out to all Christians, not just the apostles, by reason of logic…
Outreach – Who is responsible?
TEACH THE GOOD NEWS
Teaching one of the main emphasis
View of “teacher”
Differentiate “formal teaching” (gift) from general teaching (we can’t escape)
How we teach ex. Children
Teach by action more than words
Ex. Of Teacher: Jesus
Had the Holy Spirit
proven by actions
Q: What had the greater impact on you, all of the words and teachings Jesus spoke in the Gospels, or the fact that he died for you?
Words and teachings have a place, as we’ll see, but the greater is his death for us.
We are always teaching
teaching not preaching (as from a pulpit)
What are we teaching here? The Good News
Then in v. 16 it goes into baptism
Brief look at gifts (teaching)
some are more apt to teaching, have the “gift,” does not bar others
we are all called to share the gospel
what our spiritual gifts are may determine how we do it
Some may think I am not apt to teach
Remember God uses those who think they can not do it
Why: so they know its God working in their life
At first- Often miss-spoke and did not understand
At the Passover
John 13:8 (quickview)  Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.