Summary: Before we can carry out the Great Commission we need the power of the Holy Spirit.

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July 31, 2011

Morning Worship

Text: Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:8

Subject: The Great Commission Part 4

Title: Wait Before You Go – The Spirit’s Role in the Great Commission

This is part four of our five part series on the Great Commission. Today we are going to focus on a couple of different aspects concerning Jesus’ call to go into the world and preach the good news. So far we have heard from Matthew’s gospel that Jesus says to go and make disciples of every nation. One interesting note here is that Jesus didn’t say, “Go and make disciples ‘in’ every nation.” He said, “Go and make disciples ‘of’ every nations”. His intention was that every nation on earth would be a Christian nation.

Mark was concerned about preaching the good news to every creature with an emphasis on the things that we should expect to happen on the supernatural plane when the gospel is preached. So even today, as I preach God’s word we should expect God to confirm that word with signs following.

If you remember, Matthew was written to Jewish Christians with the focus on discipleship and obedience to the things Jesus commanded. Mark’s focus was on action – git out there and git ‘er done.

Luke focuses on three aspects of sharing the gospel.

1. He focuses on the real meaning of the gospel message.

2. He focuses on an important necessity in the life of the one who is sharing the gospel – waiting

3. He focuses on the power that will come to those who wait.

I had a friend tell me once that he didn’t have to witness. God had not given him the gift of evangelism – referring to the ministry gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4, apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher… Jesus’ command to the church is for the whole church and not just for a chosen few.

Leighton Ford wrote about an episode that took place in his ministry.

I was speaking at an open-air crusade in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Billy Graham was to speak the next night and had arrived a day early. He came incognito and sat on the grass at the rear of the crowd. Because he was wearing a hat and dark glasses, no one recognized him.

Directly in front of him sat an elderly gentleman who seemed to be listening intently to my presentation. When I invited people to come forward as an open sign of commitment, Billy decided to do a little personal evangelism. He tapped the man on the shoulder and asked, "Would you like to accept Christ? I’ll be glad to walk down with you if you want to." The old man looked him up and down, thought it over for a moment, and then said, "Naw, I think I’ll just wait till the big gun comes tomorrow night."

Billy and I have had several good chuckles over that incident. Unfortunately, it underlines how, in the minds of many people, evangelism is the task of the "Big Guns," not the "little shots."

Lieghton Ford, Good News is for Sharing, 1977, David C.Cook Publishing Co., Page 67

Read Luke 24:44-49

Lord, open my eyes to see and my ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

This morning I want to show you that each of you have been commanded to GO! And God has given you all you need to be a true witness for Christ.

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