Posts Tagged ‘Great Commission

07
Nov
17

Next Level: Great Commission

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Matthew 28:16-20 and features an interview with Eddie Szydlowski, a young man with a great passion for sharing his faith.

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05
Jul
16

Praying For A Harvest

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. — Luke 10:2 (NIV)

God offers us a unique opportunity to partner with Him in the Gospel’s harvest.  There are many who will believe that Jesus is the Son of God and accept His offer of salvation by grace through faith in Him.  There are many, across the world, who will answer the call to become followers of Christ.  Rather than sitting around waiting for workers to go into the harvest field, Jesus calls us to pray that God will raise up and send out workers into His field.

We need to be praying for the next generation of Christian leaders, ministers and missionaries.  We need to be praying that God will raise up young men and women to go out and share the Gospel with those who are in desperate need of God’s saving grace.  We need to be willing to answer the call ourselves and go into the harvest field wherever that may be.  God has prepared a field for us and we need to be out in our fields reaping the harvest.

Every Christian is called to minister in one way or another.  We have a sphere of influence in the harvest field.  How can we communicate the Gospel with and without words to a world that is in desperate need of the Good News?

First, we must pray.  Pray for opportunities and pray for more workers in the field.

Second, we must go.  Jesus, in the Great Commission, tells His disciples to go and make more disciples.  The Greek tense of the word “go” indicates that they were to be making disciples while they were going.  Making disciples isn’t something we go and do.  It is something we do during the course of daily life.

Third, we must tell.  We must share our story of how Jesus has changed our lives.  We must seize those opportunities God gives to tell people the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The harvest is plentiful!  Are you ready to work?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I want to see people come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Help me to be one of the workers in the harvest field. Please continue to raise up young men and women to go into the fields as ministers and missionaries so that many more may be reached with the Gospel. Bless Your church and empower us by the Holy Spirit to transform lives for Your glory. In the name of Jesus, amen.

10
May
16

The Head Of The Church

Colossians 1:15-23 (NIV)

The Supremacy of the Son of God

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Here in Colossians 1:15-23, we see an amazing depiction of who Jesus is.  I want to focus on the first part of verse 18:

And He is the head of the body, the church – Colossians 1:18a (NIV)

Do you see what Paul says there?  Jesus is the head of the church.  It’s not your church.  It’s not my church.  It’s not some pastor’s church.  It’s not the elders’ church.  It’s Christ’s church!  The latter part of verse 18 says that Christ “has the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18, NIV).  Jesus died for His church.  He shed His blood for His church.  God the Father has exalted His Son, Jesus, to be the head of the church.  We follow Jesus’ leading.  We follow the moving of Christ’s Spirit.  We follow God’s Word in matters of faith and practice.  What does Jesus want us to do as His church?  He told His disciples very clearly what He wants us to do:

…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. – Matthew 28:19-20a (NIV)

This is the prime directive of Christ’s church.  We are called to do whatever it takes to make disciples wherever we go.  This means that, very simply, it’s not about what we want.  It’s about what He wants.  If He sacrificed His very life for His church, surely we can sacrifice some personal preferences and opinions for Him.  What would you be willing to sacrifice so that one more person might hear the Gospel?  What would you give up so that one more soul might be saved by God’s grace?  What personal preference would you lay aside so that even one more lost sinner might be found?  It’s all about Jesus and we must preach and teach His Gospel so that all will hear and more will be saved by the grace of God.  Let us commit ourselves to not being stumbling blocks that prevent people from hearing the Good News.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, may I have an eternal perspective when it comes to Your church. Help me to see what You are doing through Your church. Help me to set aside my personal desires and preferences in order that others may hear and believe the Good News of Your Son, Jesus.  Amen.
10
Jul
14

What Is Your Duty?

When it comes to duty and responsibility as Christians, we may feel like we’re going above and beyond.  We may think that we deserve to take a break and kick back and relax with Jesus.  Jesus says that this is not the case.  He tells a little story in Luke 17:7-10 about our duty as His followers.
A servant who does his job faithfully is not rewarded until he has done the entire job.  He goes out and does his job in the fields and then, when he comes home, he is expected to fulfill his duties before he is allowed to rest.
As Christians, we have a duty to our Master.  We are called to faithfully carry out the commission Christ has given to us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).  This is the bare minimum that He expects us to do!  We get so caught up in our jobs, our families, our hobbies, our leisure and our lives that we forget that Jesus has given us a job to fulfill.  We cannot afford to rest for even a moment.  There are so many who will believe and repent and be baptized!  Are we doing our duty or are we neglecting our commission?
There will come a day when we will see Jesus and He will reward us.  Until then, let it be said of us that we have done our duty.
Luke 17:7-10 (NIV)
7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
11
Apr
14

The Harvest Field Is Ready For You

As we come to Luke 10, we see that Jesus appoints 72 followers of His to go and prepare the way for His arrival in towns He would be visiting.  In verse 2, He makes a famous statement:
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” – Luke 10:2 (NIV)

We must continue to pray for workers to go into the harvest field.  But more than that, we must be willing to go into the harvest field ourselves.  It is one thing to expect others to do something and another thing entirely to get out there, make a difference and change lives for God’s glory ourselves.  We can’t wait around for God to send people out into the harvest fields.  We must go and make disciples as Jesus called us to do in Matthew 28.  The harvest field is not on another continent or in another country.  The harvest field is right next door.  The harvest field is across town.  The harvest field is here and the time is now!  Yes, we should pray and ask the Lord to send out workers.  But we should be willing to be sent ourselves.  Don’t wait around for someone else to do it!  Go into the harvest field and share the love of Jesus with those who so desperately need love, hope and peace in their lives today!

Luke 10:1-16

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.

16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

25
Mar
14

We All Have A Mission Field

Jesus sent His disciples out to do the things that they had seen Him doing.  He gave them the authority to cast out demons and cure diseases.  This was much more than just a sideshow act, though.  They had a message.  According to verse 2, they were to “proclaim the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:2, NIV).  They were not to take anything with them, but rather to rely on the kindness and generosity of others.  Then the disciples went and did what Jesus told them to do.
I believe that Jesus still sends us out into the mission fields of our lives.  We all have a mission field.  We all have people in our lives that need to hear about the Lord Jesus Christ.  In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus told His disciples to make more and better disciples by teaching them and baptizing them and teaching them some more.  There are three principles of evangelism we can learn from today’s passage:
  1. We have to meet people’s needs.  The disciples were going to meet people right where they were.  They were going to heal diseases and cast out demons.  We need to remember that we have to meet needs in order to gain an audience with people.  If we proclaim the Good News without sharing how it meets a person’s greatest need, we’ll be less effective than if we meet someone’s deeply felt needs in order to gain that audience.
  2. We have a message to share.  Once we meet the needs of people, we have to share our message – the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If we merely meet someone’s felt need, we’ve done a good thing, but we haven’t met their greatest need – a Savior.  Jesus died to rescue us from our sins and has given us the hope of eternal life with Him.  Without Jesus, we are lost in sin.  We are destined for hell.  Hell is very real and people really do go there without Jesus.  If we meet felt needs without sharing the Good News, then we’ve done a great disservice to the Kingdom of God.
  3. We have a God who provides.  The disciples were to trust that God would provide for their needs each day.  When it comes to God’s Kingdom, we must trust that we will have all we need in order to accomplish God’s will.  God will provide for His Kingdom.  We must be good stewards of all that He provides.  We must use His resources wisely.  When we do, God will provide for all of our needs to further His Kingdom.
Let us be willing followers of Jesus today and seek opportunities to share the Good News with those who so desperately need to hear it.

Luke 9

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him.

19
Aug
13

How To Save A Life – The Sermon

The sermon from Griffith First Christian Church from August 18, 2013.

How To Save A Life from Shawn Cornett on Vimeo.




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