Summary: This was a followup to the ressurection story the week after easter. A different look at the great commission. Powerpoint is available. email me.
Battle Cry Matthew 28:19-20
I started the morning off by saying the slogan and having the congregation guess out loud who the company was. The ones in red, I played the actual commercial on the big screen. I got the commercials at http://www.adslogans.co.uk/hof/ The congregation loved it.
Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is." Alka Seltzer
"You’re in good hands with Allstate."
"Don’t leave home without it." American Express
"Reach out and touch someone." At&T
"We try harder." Avis
"The quick picker upper." Bounty
"Have it your way." Burger King
"M’m! M’m! Good!" Campbells
"Please don’t squeeze the Charmin."
"When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight." Fedex
"When you care enough to send the very best" Hallmark
"Snap! Crackle! Pop!" Rice crispies
"Finger lickin’ good." KFC
"The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand." M & M’s
"Good to the last drop." Maxwell house
"Tastes so good cats ask for it by name." Meow Mix
"Just do it." Nike
"Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t." Mounds
"The Uncola." 7 up
"It takes a licking and keeps on ticking." Timex
"Fly the friendly skies." United
"Be all you can be." Army
"Where’s the beef?" Wendys
What do all of these slogans have in common?
They point us to their maker?
They represent some product or company.
When we see or hear them, we are reminded of the thing they represent.
Slogan: Thesaurus says Battle cry/motto/cry to arms
These slogans are the mottos or the battle cry for these products or companies.
What is the motto or battle cry that God has given us:
“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."
What is God’s motto or His battle cry for us?
I want to look at the three things that Jesus gives as our battle cry this morning.
Last week we talked about the resurrection and we celebrated what is decidedly the most important day in the History of our world…the day the jesus conquered death.
So the question begs to be asked? So what?
What does it mean to me.
After the resurrection Jesus gave us our battle cry, our marching orders.
Many Christians today have never followed the battle cry
They have heard it, it has been preached to them, they have read it in the Bible but their lives unfortunately do not live out the battle cry of the heart of our Lord
1. therefore, GO
My old pastor used to say when it says therefore you better find out what it is there for?
Jesus, in the prior verse tells us that He has been given all authority of heaven and earth.
But by whose authority do we carry out this mission? What right do we have to disrupt others lives? What makes our beliefs more important and unstoppable???Jesus gave us the authority and ability to us.
Therefore, because I have authority, I give you authority.
Like Jesus we can now make disciples, we can now baptize. It is by His authority and will that we do all we do.
Not hunker down in the church but GO.
If we are going to follow the battlecry, we must Go!
We must get out in the world
We must meet them where they live
We cannot wait, the battlecry, the motto is that we must GO!
What are we waiting for?
1. Therefore, Go
2. Make disciples and baptize them
A follower of Christ, a learner
One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
Our marching orders, our battlecry is to make disciples
We have the power
We have the authority
Jesus died and rose again and he was given all authority and he has given us the authority and the power to go and make disiciples
When was the last time you witnessed?
When was the last time you shared?
Is he living inside you? Have you really given your live and soul to Him?
Has He changed you?
If so, it is the greatest news in all the earth, we should share it?
Why don’t we share?
We might offend someone
Don’t know the bible well enough
Assume most people have heard, don’t need to share.
(As found in sermoncentral illustration database) Assumptions can be quite dangerous. For example, the photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene hampered him and he asked his home office to hire a plane. Arrangements were made and he was told to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting. When he arrived at the airport, a plane was warming up near the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, "Let’s go! Let’s go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and they soon were in the air. "Fly over the north side of the fire," yelled the photographer, "and make three or four low level passes." "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I’m going to take pictures," cried the photographer. "I’m a photographer and photographers take pictures!" After a pause the pilot said, "You mean you’re not the instructor?"