Summary: A message challenging the church to join together as a Team to accomplish the Great Commission.
Pastor Glenn Newton 8-20-2000
TEXT: ECCLE. 4:9-10
ECC 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
This morning, I want to talk about us. Men, have your wives ever said that to you, “Hey, we need to talk about US.” You know what I have always found during those times? Usually we were talking about Me, not US!
So don’t get scared this morning when I say I want to talk about US. When I say We, I mean me and you, Pastor and congregation. I want to talk to you this morning on how I believe we are going to need to relate to one another if we are going to succeed in carrying out our great calling, does anyone know what our great calling is, our great cause as Christians? Of coarse you do, let me remind us this morning.
Matt. 28:18-20 18 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."
Our reason for being here is to Go to the church building, make sure the seats are comfortable, and make sure the music is just like we like it, and make sure the preacher doesn’t preach to long............ Isn’t that what it said?
Oh..... Let’s see, We are to Go, where? Out into the world, which for us is the greater Clarksville area or wherever we go really, and what are we to do? Make disciples. You mean they don’t come Pre-fabricated, already spiritual, already pre-cooked ready to serve?
Making Disciples is our job, it’s our command, it’s our cause, and let me share something with you, it’s not easy, but it’s worth every ounce of effort that we can put into it. Church, Jesus commanded his people to be disciple makers...........how are you doing? Or better yet, since were talking about us.........How are We doing?
Well I can tell you that we are not without Fruit, tonight in fact I have the privilege of baptizing some of our new disciples, I really wanted to say some of our new fruit, but I didn’t think that would be appropriate.
Church, our reason for being here is to Make Disciples, baptize them symbolizing their Faith in the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then we are to Teach them to obey ALL that Christ taught.
Friends, can I tell you something? That’s a big job, and it’s not a easy job with so many distractions in our life trying to pry us away from our great cause.
So this morning I need to admit something to you as your Pastor, I can’t carry out this great Commission by myself, I need you, I need your help, I need your gifts that God has given you, I need your strengths to help me where I’m weak, I need my brother’s and sisters in Christ to stand united with me as we proclaim to our world, the surrounding Clarksville area, That Jesus Christ can give Hope, He can offer peace, and He can Forgive sins, He can take the broken pieces and make a person’s life whole again. That’s the message I want Clarksville to hear, the message of Hope, the Message of Holiness that says God can help us to be overcomers in this World, we are not a defeated foe, we are the victors through Christ who lives in us and through us! If you believe this, say Amen this morning!
This morning I can tell you this, we have a big job, and there’s no one of us here that has all the skills and the abilities to accomplish what God has for us, the fact is we need each other, .........WHAT WE NEED, WHAT I SAID IS, WHAT WE NEED IS A TEAM.
What we need is Teamwork, we need Team Chemistry, We need Team Players, who put the team in front of their own personal goals or agendas, We need a Team Effort. WHAT WE NEED IS A TEAM TO GET THE JOB DONE.
I guess I need to ask you.......... and it really is a serious question, in fact it’s one that I believe how we answer will determine how effective we are in fulfilling the Great Commission given to us by our Lord. The Question is -------- “WILL YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NEW HOPE TEAM?” AGAIN THE QUESTION, “WILL YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NEW HOPE TEAM?” You can answer yes, that would make me feel better.