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Summary: MAIN IDEA: The Great Commission is the Church’s marching orders, direction from our Commander in Chief, the center of God’s will for a church’s ministry. The Church is about glorifying God, and one main way to do so is by participating in the Great Com

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The Great Commission Dissected

The clearest and fullest presentation of the “Great Commission” is found in Matt. 28:19-20. These words were spoken about four weeks after the Resurrection. The 11 Apostles met Jesus in a designated hill in Galilee, probably joined by a good number of Jesus’ disciples in the area (probably the 500 spoken of in I Cor. 15:6, although Matthew does not state this). The word “go” is actually a participle (“as you are going”); this refers to sharing Christ as we live life and/or being led to share in another culture (missions).

We can easily divide this commission into four sections.

I. Evangelism (Making Disciples)

1. Evangelism differs from the “soul-winning” mentality

2. Evangelism means communicating the _____________: Christ died for our sin, was buried, and rose again: we call this “objective” salvation

3. Evangelism also addresses subjective __________________.

Repentance and faith (explain them)

II. Baptism

1. The Greek word baptidzo, means to __________ or immerse

2. An act in the process of discipleship; not necessary for salvation, but necessary for obedience

3. The doctrine of the Trinity is acknowledged….this is more than a formula, it is also a confession of faith

III. Teaching with Practicing in View

1. Teaching __________ things

2. Teaching to OBSERVE or OBEY _______ ______________

IV. Recognizing Jesus’ ______________ Presence

1. He is with us ALWAYS

2. Therefore, we are to cultivate an awareness of His presence

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Leaking Out the Best Kept Secret

(Matt. 28:16-20)

1. Some people just don’t get it. There is a story of a woman who wrote a letter of resignation and turned it in to her boss. He reviewed it, made some corrections in her grammar and syntax, and sent it back to her with a note saying, "Please rewrite and resubmit."

2. Many Christians do not understand the task of the church; we get lost in the particulars.

3. Our church mission statement summarizes the task as well as I’ve seen it summarized: to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, connect them to one another and God, and Deepen them in their Christian walk.

4. Two of those three points are found in what we call the Great Commission. The middle point is based on a wealth of verses, many from the epistles.

5. But in deciding what the church is all about, we must not miss the obvious starting point, the verses before us called, “The Great Commission.”

6. The clearest and fullest presentation of the “Great Commission” is found in Matt. 28:19-20. These words were spoken about four weeks after the Resurrection. The 11 Apostles mean Jesus in a designated hill in Galilee, probably joined by a good number of Jesus disciples in the area (probably the 500 spoken of in I Cor. 15:6, although Matthew does not state this).

MAIN IDEA: The Great Commission is the Church’s marching orders, direction from our Commander in Chief, the center of God’s will for a church’s ministry.


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