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Summary: This message takes the Great Commission and illustrates the Mandate of the Messiah to reach our World for Christ and reveals the Messiah’s methodology in the process.

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Missions: The Messiah’s Mandate

Matthew 12:21; 28:18-20

©Larry L. Thompson (2003)

Matthew 12:21

“In His name the nations will put their hope.”

“Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Introduction: Begin by reading Matthew 12:21 and Matthew 28:18-20

The greatest sin that most Christians make is the sin of omission. Today, we should examine both personally and corporately as a church family if we have committed the sin of omission in regards to the GREAT COMMISSION. It has been referred to as the GREAT COMMISSION through the centuries because of the implicit and emphatic directive that escaped the lips of our Savior. It is obvious that our God has given us our marching orders. We have the MESSIAH’S MANDATE. Today as we begin this month of missions we are celebrating the theme: “JESUS, HOPE OF ALL NATIONS!” Today, we will examine how best to live in obedience to this scripture while carrying out the Messiah’s Mission Mandate that we call the GREAT COMMISSION.

Illustration:

It is easy to determine when something is aflame. It ignites other material in which it comes into contact. Any fire that does not spread will eventually go out. A church without a heart for missions and a mission’s strategy that uses the Great Commission as the mandate is a contradiction in terms; it is nothing more than simply a fire that never burns; and that is a contradiction.

Let’s examine the biblical principles that must be applied in the power of the Holy Spirit if we are to be a true NEW TESTAMENT church in our response to THE MESSIAH’S MISSION MANDATE!

I. THE MESSIAH’S CLAIM (Matt. 12:21; Matt. 28:18)

“In His name the nations will put their hope.”

“Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

The key word in verse 18 is “authority” the Greek is exousia, (ex-oo-see’-ah) meaning, “the privilege, force, capacity, competency, freedom, delegated influence of complete authority, power, right, strength.”

In order to understand the implication of the Messiah’s Mission Mandate you must understand this claim of Christ!

1. IT IS AN AUTHORITY THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN BY GOD THE FATHER!

“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross! [9] Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.” (Phil. 2:8-9)

2. JESUS’ POWER IS ABOVE AND OVER ALL THAT IS IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH. HIS AUTHORITY IS OVER THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.

3. JESUS’ POWER ASSURES THE BELIEVER OF DELIVERANCE. Notice when Jesus told the disciples of His power: immediately following when some were doubting and immediately before charging His disciples to go into a hostile world. He proclaimed His AUTHORITY in order to erase doubt and to strengthen His disciples in going forth with the MESSIAH’S MANDATE. His authority was the disciples’ assurance of victory.


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