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


Good Morning

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”

Scripture: Matthew 28: 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

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.


With us (Matthew 18:20)

He sent the Holy Spirit down to us (account in Gospels (Luke) and Acts)

We need the Holy Spirit

Jesus had: Acts 10: 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.

Apostles had: Acts 2:1-4

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”

Baptize Them

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?


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

not forceful

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

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

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

Moses Exodus 4:10-12


At first- Often miss-spoke and did not understand

Matthew 16:21-23

At the Passover

John 13:8 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.

The soldiers ear

John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

No doubt he loved the Lord, but not well spoken

Then God went to work, through the Spirit

Peter we see in the Gospels becomes, in Acts, the Rock that Jesus predicted.

In Acts 2:14-41, Peter effectively did what these first two aspects of what is called the “great commission” called us to do. Notice, he did it through God, not of his own.

Acts 2:14-41

We need to be prepared to show the Gospel, and show Jesus.

I think- most effective way- to start with OT and use the NT to show how Jesus fulfilled, but many ways are effective.

Take studying, but I think it is important to have some idea, some set of verses you plan to use to lead someone to Christ

(address why)

Will make available some different sets for those who need it

(possibly review during sermon)


What to expect over next few weeks

Over the next few weeks: address some keys to remember in presenting the Gospel, as well as where to find it. We are going to briefly talk about baptism, not what it is necessarily, but why someone should do it. Then we’ll move into our third area, not only looking at teaching everything, where we’ll address some commandments, but also looking at our role in learning.

Words of Jesus: All power is given unto Him, and He is with us, because of that we should teach people about Him

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