Summary: Why did Jesus leave the church behind. We can worship Him and learn about him in heaven but there is one thing we can't do in heaven.
For those of you who have kids and can remember leaving their children alone, whether it was for an hour, an evening or a day you understand that the most important thing that you wanted to them to remember were your last words.
“I love you, remember your homework”, “I love you don’t forget to do the dishes and clean your room.” “I love you, remember no parties and don’t burn the house down.”
Jesus’ last words to his kids, the apostles were read for us earlier.
Now just a word of warning, don’t go looking for that particular conversation in your Scriptures cause you won’t find it. At least you won’t find it exactly like that because that is a compilation of the recollections of those who heard Jesus’ last statement. Just as each of you will walk away from the sermon this morning remembering certain things I said each of those at the ascension of Christ remembered what to them appeared to be the most important parts of Christ’s last class with them. Those fragments by the way are found in Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-19, Luke 24:47-49 and Acts 1:8-9.
This is week six of our Red Letter Summer series where we are looking at those words that are written in Red in the Bible. And those Red Letter Words are the words of Jesus.
Two weeks ago we looked at the first Red Letters in the book of John and these are the last Red Letters words in Matthew, Mark and Luke.
It is out of this particular conversation that Matthew gleaned what we call the great commission, now I know that for those of you in sales your idea of a great commission is 25% of the gross and while that is “a” great commission it is not “the” Great Commission.
This is in reality the mission statement of the early church. You know what a mission statement is right? It is when you have boiled the purpose of your life or the life of your church down to a concise statement of purpose. At Cornerstone we can tell you that Cornerstone Wesleyan Church exist to reach pre-Christians through dynamic worship and relevant preaching, bringing them to a life expanding relationship with Jesus Christ and guiding them into a practical holiness as evidenced through the fruit of the Spirit. That is our mission statement, the short version is Cornerstone Wesleyan Church exist to reach pre-Christians, the even shorter version is We are here to help de-populate hell. The mission statement of Christianity is this “Christianity exists to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commanded.”
That my friends is why Christians are left in the world, to fulfil that mission statement. You see if Cornerstone Wesleyan Church does not reach pre-Christians through dynamic worship and relevant preaching, bringing them to a life expanding relationship with Jesus Christ and guiding them into a practical holiness as evidenced through the fruit of the Spirit, then we have failed to do what we set out to do.