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Matthew 28:18-20 & Acts 11:19-26 – “Go Therefore and Make Disciples”

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My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec 6th as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

INTRO

Today as we gather the focus is on International Mission. This time of year our church prays for and gives to support the work of the SBC and International Missions. Today, I want us to consider what is this idea of MISSIONS…What is it that we as a church are to be doing.

Matthew 28:18–20 [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

Acts 11:19-26 is Matthew 28 being lived out

Acts 11:19–26 – [19] Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. [20] But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. [21] And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. [22] The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. [23] When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, [24] for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. [25] So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, [26] and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. (ESV)

After reading the text we could define Missions – The activity of God’s people, the church, to live out Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 11:19-26 to all the nations.

NOTICE WHAT THE FOCUS IS… DISCIPLE

KEYS TO BEING A DISCIPLE and MAKING DISCIPLES

I must be growing daily in my relationship with the Lord (my personal holiness and spiritual growth…growing and changing into the likeness of Christ)

I must reach out to others with the Gospel message (my circle of influence)

I must build up believers in their faith (Invest in others…help them become disciples) 

TRUTHS TO CONSIDER

THIS INVOLVES EVERYONE

NOT AN EVENT, BUT A PROCESS

WE MUST RELY ON AND TRUST IN GOD’S GRACE

WE MUST REMEMBER THE MISSION

WE MUST TAKE SERIOUS WHAT IS AT STAKE

WE MUST POINT THEM TO WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE

1 Corinthians 6:9–11 – [9] Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, [10] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. [11] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (ESV)

BUT YOU WERE

Washed – cleansed (guilt over the power of sin)

Sanctified – Set apart.  A break from sin.

Justified – Not guilty. Romans 8:33

Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)

Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

SCRIPTURE:

Romans 8:33 – Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 1:30–31 – [30] And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, [31] so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (ESV)

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