Good morning, dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Today, we embark on a journey to explore one of the most crucial missions bestowed upon us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s a mission that has been passed down through generations and continues to shape the core of our faith. I’m talking about the Great Commission.
I. Understanding the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)
Let’s begin by turning our Bibles to the book of Matthew, chapter 28, verses 18-20. Here, Jesus Himself articulates our divine mandate:
Then 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 you always, to the very end of the age.
A. The Authority of Christ
Jesus starts by affirming His authority over all creation. This authority empowers us to carry out the Great Commission with confidence and trust.
B. The Threefold Mission
- Make Disciples: Our primary goal is to make disciples of all nations. This means not just winning converts but nurturing them into devoted followers of Christ.
- Baptize Them: Baptism symbolizes our commitment to Christ and the new life we find in Him.
- Teach and Obey: Teaching others about Christ and His commandments is integral to our mission. We must lead by example, obeying His teachings ourselves.
II. Real-Life Examples of the Great Commission
Now, let’s look at some real-life examples of individuals and communities who have taken the Great Commission to heart and transformed lives.
A. The Missionary: Hudson Taylor
- Hudson Taylor, a 19th-century missionary to China, is a shining example of someone who embraced the Great Commission. His unwavering commitment to reaching the Chinese people led to countless conversions and the establishment of the China Inland Mission.
B. The Local Church: Impacting the Community
- Our own church community has a rich history of living out the Great Commission. Through outreach programs, youth ministries, and community service, we’ve witnessed lives transformed right here in our neighborhood.
III. Challenges and Encouragements While the Great Commission is our divine mandate, it’s not without challenges. We may encounter resistance, apathy, or fear. But remember, Jesus promised to be with us always.
A. Overcoming Fear
- Think of how the disciples felt before they started their mission. They too were afraid, but they overcame it through faith.
B. Trusting in His Presence
- When we step out in faith, we can trust in Christ’s presence with us. He walks alongside us as we fulfill our mandate.
In closing, the Great Commission is not just a command; it’s a privilege. It’s an opportunity to partner with God in transforming lives and nations. As we go forth from this place today, let’s carry the divine mandate in our hearts and make it a reality in our lives.