Summary: The Great Commission: Keeping the main thing the main thing.
WHAT MUST I DO? PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL TO ALL NATIONS
Big Idea: The great commission is the primary task of Jesus’ church. It is our compass that points us in the direction God wants us to go. Is the main thing the main thing in our congregation?
We are asking ourselves “What Must I Do?” and looking at the New Testament for answers. We have discovered that “Whatever God’s Word says I MUST do, God knows I CAN do!” and it is with that confidence that we approach these Biblical charges.
Today we will read Mark 13:1-10. You will notice the “Must” statement that is found in verse 10; “And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.”
1 As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!" 2 "Do you see all these great buildings?" replied Jesus. "Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down." 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4"Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?" 5 Jesus said to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. 9 "You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
Is the main thing the main thing?
That’s my question for you today. The late Stephen Covey once said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." Those words are certainly poignant, but it's not always so simple to identify “the main thing” -- or keep it the main thing. With so many aspects of life to balance it's no wonder that the main thing often gets lost amidst the lengthy to-do lists and the impromptu must-do's.
What is true for you is true for Jesus’ Church too. We can get engulfed in the wrong activity. Thankfully, Jesus helps us with this. He makes it clear what the main thing for his church is … the “Great Commission.”
The “Great Commission” is the final charge of Jesus to His church (his followers). It is found in each of the gospels and in the book of Acts.
It is given in places like Matthew 28:18-20 which reads
Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with youalways, to the very end of the age."