Making Disciples

Vision: Matthew 28:16-20
What Are We to Do Now?

INTRODUCTION
– Recap
– What are we to do now?
– Why are you still here?
I. Verses (16-17)
A.Jesus’s final words in the Gospel. How is Matthew going to close out his
book?
1. How did the remaining 11 disciples respond to the resurrection?
a)They saw him.
b)They worshipped him.
c) But some doubted.
(1)How is this even possible?

WHAT IS THE TEXT SAYING?
I. Will we believe in the authority of Christ? (v. 18)
A.Jesus is not just the personal Lord and Savior over us.
1.You and I do not decide to make Jesus Lord: He is Lord regardless of
what we think of Him. We do not serve a weak God wringing his hands
hoping that we accept him. We serve a God that looked down at his
enemies looked down at us in our rebellion and did not give us what we
deserved, but came down and died on the cross and rose from the grave,
and now He is exalted at the Father’s right hand as the Lord over all
creation. All those things are true regardless of what you and I think or
decide.
2.Philippians 2:9-11 says, For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave
Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earth and under
the earth— and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
the glory of God the father.
3. Did you catch that? On that day every knee is going to bow and every
tongue is going to confess that Jesus is Lord—that is a guarantee. So the
question for you today is will you confess this truth that Jesus is Lord
now, or will you confess Him as Lord when it is too late?
B.Jesus is the universal Lord and Savior over all.
1. He has authority over nature and nations.
2. He has authority over disease and demons.
3. He has authority over sin and death.
4. He has authority over our lives.
5. He has authority over every life.
C.Jesus’ authority compels us to go.
1. His worth is the fuel of our mission.
2. His worship is the goal of our mission.
D. Jesus’ authority gives us confidence as we go.
II. Will we obey the command of Christ? (v.19)
A.The great commission has one command, “make disciples”.
1. How are we going to make disciples? Where do we start?
Programs? More activities? More bible studies? One of the dangers
of todays churches is that we have spiritual activity with little productivity.
a)By going, We share the Word.
(1)Going is good, but we do not stop here. Making disciples does not
end when people respond to the Gospel. When people turn from their
sin to Christ, we baptize them.
b)By baptizing, We show the Word.
c) By teaching, We teach the Word.
d)By taking the Gospel to all nations, We serve the World.
III.Will we depend on the presence of Christ? (v.20)
A.Why do we need to be reassured of Christ’s presence? Because this
calling is a dangerous and difficult one.
1.All but one that was standing here receiving this message was murdered
for doing exactly what Jesus was telling them to do.
2. This mission is not based on who we are or what we can do.
3. This mission is based on who Jesus is and what He is able to do in and
through our lives.
B.Together, Let us experience the power of His presence with us.
C.Together, let us hope in the promise of His return for us.

WHAT IS THE TEXT TEACHING US?
Based on Christ’s authority and His promised presence, His followers are to go
and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe
Jesus’ commands.

HOW DOES THIS TEXT POINT US TO JESUS CHRIST?
We are to go because that is the example that Jesus did for us.

WHAT CHANGES MONDAY BECAUSE WE ENCOUNTERED GOD’S WORD
TODAY?
Will the Word stop with you or will it flow through you this week?
Therefore, as we close this morning I encourage you to respond to this great
calling. The Great Commission does not need updating. Just as Jesus sent his
disciples of the first century to the ends of the earth, the church in each
generation must also hear and obey the command and call of the Lord Jesus
Christ. (Mohler)
Some of you may for the first time need to respond to this Gospel that we
have been proclaiming. To repent and believe in this resurrected savior.
Some of you all need to respond by joining the church or being baptized.
You have been using the excuse I will do it when we get a pastor, now is the time
to be obedient.
And some of you, need to respond because you have fallen into the devil’s
trap and have become self-centered rather than Gospel-centered. It has been
perhaps years since you last shared the Gospel, not to mention disciple
someone.
Today is the time to recommit to this great commission. And I pray that
maybe one of you all this morning will commit to dedicating your life to going,
going to the nations, to the unreached peoples group in order to take this Gospel
to the nations in order to make disciples.
If this is true, if this is real – that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead
(verse 6), and that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him
(verse 18), and that he will be with his disciples to the end of the age (verse 20) –
if this is true, then nothing is more important in our lives, nothing is more crucial
or more urgent or more needful than believing it and becoming a follower of
Jesus. And since this is true, once we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord,
Savior, and Treasure nothing is more important for everyone in this room than to
make disciples.

CLOSING PRAYER

And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
(Daniel 7:14 ESV)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

– What is the church’s mission?
– How can the church do good things and yet miss the Great Commission?
– Why is it crucial to recognize and believe in the authority of Christ as we seek to obey the Great Commission?
– Explain the idea that the Great Commission is intended for all Christians.
– How important is baptism to making disciples? Is it optional? Have you followed to the first step in obedience?
– What is the result of aiming for converts but not following up with teaching Christ’s commands? Describe the church’s role in this process.
– Explain the following statement: The Great Commission is not so much a call to “come and see” but rather to “go and tell”.
– On a day-today basis, what does it mean to depend on Jesus as you carry out the Great Commission?
– What might obedience to the Great Commission look like for a Stay-at-home mom? How about a homebound member of our church? What about a student? What about you?

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