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We have been commanded to go, baptize and teach!
In this Spiritual Kick Off we unpack that command and specifically the three participles that Jesus provided. It is easy to get distracted from what we should be doing as Christians and Satan is going to do everything possible to keep these three items from happening.
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… Click To TweetMatthew 28:18-20
So let’s dig in. We’ll be looking at Matthew 28. We’ll be looking at 18 through 20. Sometimes this is called the Great Commission. Okay, so here we go. Let’s dig. 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. Guys, great scripture. Let’s dig into it under see how we can start simplifying and applying this to our life. Okay, Now where, where is Matthew? First question at the gate, where is Matthew? What’s the first gospel? Okay, so you got Matthew, Mar, Luke, and John.
So go to your Old Testament. When you get outta your Old Testament and your New Testament starts. Matthew’s gonna be at the very beginning, okay? And again, I know a lot of you guys notice. But some of you don’t, and we just need to know that. So the gospels are those four books, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Okay. Now again, scripture probably sounds familiar to a lot of you guys. It’s often called the Great Commission. Okay. And we’re gonna unpack it. We’re gonna see what this is, what we’re just trying to tell us here. And again, there have been sermon after sermon preached. On, you know, the, the, the Great Commission.
So this spiritual kickoff, this is not a sermon. I’m gonna give you some, a high level things to, to think about. Maybe there’s something here that we’ll talk about today that you’ve never considered, uh, when you thought about the Great Commission. Okay. So yeah, let’s, let’s break it down. So it gives us a command and this end, this commission, he gives us a command, Jesus does.
And then three particles that surround. We’re gonna break it down into that area. So first of all, let’s took a, let’s look at the command. Okay? Command is what make disciples of all nations, right? That’s it. He’s very clear. I want you to make disciples of all nations. And it’s more just than just, you know, a convert to Christianity or some, uh, you know, faith or practice.
He, he’s telling us, I want you to make disciples. Of all nations. Now disciple is a learner. Okay. A pupil on apprentice, A student. Okay. That’s a, that’s a disciple. It’s someone who has decided to father their master and become like them. That’s exactly what Jesus wants. Christians are to allow Christ to shape our lives after his life, and we should be doing everything we can every day to be more and more like.
Right. And, and that’s what it’s all about. And so it’s, it’s a con, Continual sanitation is over and over and over trying to be more and more holy, more and more like Christ. We never get there, but we, I, we always need to be working towards that, right? So again, what being a disciple does not in when you, when you’re conversion, right?
It, that’s when it starts. Once you usually give surrender to Christ and give him, and give him your life, that’s when it starts. And it’s a daily, You gotta pick this thing up every day. Guys, I wish I could tell you it get easier as you go. Probably doesn’t, not, not probably. It doesn’t, it doesn’t get easier, But it is worth it.
Okay? It is worth it. So now we know what their command is. Now let’s dig into these three participants and see what they’re trying to, what what they’re really telling us here. Okay, Go baptize and teach. That’s the three that we’re look at. Cuz what does it say authority has been given, has been given to me.
Therefore, go make those disciples like, like he told us, baptize them, right? And then at the very end it says, teach them to obey everything. So let’s break down those three and understand, you know, what, what he is trying to tell us. Go. That’s very simple. That’s your missionary charge. Go, guys. We, we gotta act.
We have, it’s an active verb. We cannot sit still. We have to get going. We have to, we have to get out of our comfort zone. We have to actually get out in the world. Right? Maybe it, it’s, it is go by actually sharing the gospel with people in your house. Start there and then go outside. But he’s very clear.
Very clear. We must. This is not just go for your, your pastor or your missionaries at your church. No, it’s you. I’m not saying you have to go on a big mission trip across the country or, or around the world, but you can. You can go in your community, right where you’re at and work today. You may be headed to work.
You could do. That’s your mission feel, That’s your mission field for today. Go make disciples in that mission field. You can do it. That’s what it’s all about. It’s about. Then he talks about baptizing, right? Baptize. So in biblical times, this was associated with salvation. Okay? And, and people identified with Jesus through that, through that, uh, act of baptizing.
Okay? And our charge, what we need to be doing is to bring people to Christ. And a lot of times we do that. A, a public profession of faith comes, comes with that. Okay? That, that, that comes with baptism. So we got, we need to understand that, look, baptism comes after the heart is surrendered. Okay? Cause being baptized doesn’t mean it’s, you’re a save.
We need, we gotta get it right. Salvation comes when you surrender at heart to Jesus, right? And then at that point, that baptism, that’s, that’s, that’s the obedience, that’s the act of obedience that you have, right? Cause I’m tell you what guys, this is not, this is not popular amongst, you know, Christians in general.
There are a lot, you know, people, there are a lot of people who have been through the waters of baptism and have not given their heart to Jesus. When they get to heaven, they’re gonna say, I’m in right. And Jesus, it’s gonna say, I never knew you. Cause it’s not about getting wet. You know? That’s not what it’s about.
It’s about your heart. He wants your heart, right, And you need to make sure you get this right. Okay? So if you just, if you just walk through the baptism, the waters of baptism, you think you’re. Your heart is ultimately what he’s after. So really think about that. Really think about it. Okay, so now we’ve talked about go, and then he says being baptized.
Right? Okay. Now, the, the, the other area, The other area he talks about when he says, Go be baptized fast to them, then we had to start teaching. Okay. Teaching Now. I get it. That’s, that is tough When we start thinking about teaching and, and what that looks like. And you know what? We may not have, uh, be equipped, We may not be qualified.
We not be, we, we don’t feel like we’re, we’re ready guys. You’re ready right now. Right now you’re equipped to teach, show others to fruit. That’s it. Just start showing others your fruit and equip them to live, walk, think, and act like Jesus. That’s all you gotta. You know, so many guys just don’t think they, they, they’re far enough along or they know enough or they, they, they have enough life experience.
No guys, you only have to be one step ahead of someone else to help ’em. You don’t have to be 20, 30, just one, just one step ahead of somebody and you can pull them along and that’s what it’s about. So, you know, again, we’re gonna be that disciple. It’s a lifetime lifelong process. That we’re always work, we’re working towards, right?
And we’re always trying to get there. But if we go, Okay, we baptize and we teach now we are, we are in that, in that order, we are actually fulfilling the great commission. Right. And think about the, the, the assurance that he gives us at the very end of the great Commission, right? What does he tell? And surely I am with you always to the end, to the end of the age.
That is some confidence right there. Cause if we had to do this on our own guys, , it would be crippling, it would be tough. But we don’t, we have a savior that is guiding us right now. Right now if, if we allow him and we were surrendered Jesus. And if he, And then once you do that and you obey the Holy Spirits call and, and do actually do what he’s telling you to.
Then that’s it. The truth’s gonna set you free at that point, guys, you have it in inside you right now. You have the line with them. It is there, it is ready to be unleashed. Too many times, guys, we, we, we feel like we’re just, we, we have to be a certain place in life. We have to just, I just need to get a little bit better then I can go help this person.
Wrong. Wrong. That’s all lies. Satan is gonna keep telling you lies that you can’t do this cuz he doesn’t want. The last thing he wants is a strong man, a strong Christian man, a strong manly Christian man out there sharing the gospel and sharing the good news, and, and going and baptizing and teaching. He don’t want that.
He’ll do all he can to hold you back. Don’t allow it. Don’t allow it. You’re equipped today. Right now, today, whenever you’re listening to this, this is all you got promised. We’re not promised. We’re not. We’re not promised next year, 10 years from now, all you have is today. So lean into it. Cause what if today was the last day you ever had to save someone from a life separated from Christ?
Would you be bold enough at that point to lean into those uncomfortable feelings? And I really lean into it and share the good news of Jesus Christ. I really hope you are. This time, this time of man up guys, we gotta start standing up, taking a stance, standing on truth, and really leaning in and acting.
Don’t be a sideline Christian. Get in the game, get in the battle. Put on your armor of God, the helmet of, of salvation, the, the shield of faith, the so of spirit. The be the, the, the breast plate of righteousness, the belt of truth, and use it. We don’t need our armor just to be shiny. Get out there and battle, Do the work.
It’s not for someone else. Too many guys think, you know what? Sharing, Sharing, Jesus, that type of stuff, that’s what pastors get paid to do. Wrong, wrong. They supplement, they help us. They help us grow, but it’s everyone’s call. Everyone’s call to get up to go. To baptize and to teach. Guys, you are equipped right now, and that’s time that you get out there and start unleashing the line within and, and really taking the great commission to heart.
So guys, again, this is this scripture. It’s been preached on by so many more eloquent preachers than, than old Chris here. I’m not even preaching, I’m just a, just a guy who loves Jesus. But I pray there was something in this message. Day. This spiritual kickoff that gives you that kick and a pants. You need to go out there and be bold.
Too many yes, man, too many sidelines. We need to get in a game. All right. Now if you think I’m fired up, , you come back on Wednesday. Cause this guest this week, this guest, he brings it and I mean brings it. He’s gonna unpack the manness of Christ. What it really looks like to be a man and follow Jesus and what we need to start doing differently.
Things churches should consider things just we as men need to start consider. I’m gonna tell you what he’s going, he’s gonna bring to you guys and you just need to buckle up and hold on because it’s gonna be a powerful conversation. And as you go through this week, I want you to think about your question in a week.
Do you see masculinity in your church?
Is it? Is it a feminine church? Cause we should see masculinity in our churches. And guess what guys? We are the church, not a building. It’s the people. So you just step in and, and be a man. Be a golly man. Be a strong golly man. There is power in that. Jesus is how told us I am with you always to the very end of the age if you listen to this right.
And you’ve never surrendered your life to, to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Guess what? Today’s your day. Cause you may be thinking, You know what? I can just be a good guy and I can get into heaven. I’m gonna tell you what hell is full of, of, of good guys. It is. Cause you can’t do it by works. You know, you, you may be good compared to, compared to your neighbor, but are you good compared to God?
Cause God is he, He, He requires perfection, holiness. You can’t do it. You can’t do it. The only way, the only way is to putting a trust in Jesus as your savior. Cause who was this? Jesus guy? He’s guy. And he came to earth, guys, and, and again, you never heard this. Jesus came from heaven to earth. He, he was born of a virgin.
He lived, he did miracles. Then they nailed him on cross, Put him in a tomb. He was. D e a d, dead. He wasn’t passed out. He was dead. Three days later. Guess what? He rose, He overcame death. Right? Then he came outta that tomb. He shared some more. Then he went and he sent it to, to heaven where he sits right now at the right hand of the father.
And his scripture says no one comes to the father except through him. So there’s only one way. It can’t, we can’t work our way in. We can’t Nice our way. We can’t go to nursing homes and, and, and volunteer our way in, right? You can’t do it. Unfortunately. You can’t do it. Fortunately though, there is a way.
It’s by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. So you gotta admit you’re a sinner. You need to know that you’re a sinner. You’re not just some guy who, who’s made mistakes and you need a life coach. Nope. You are a sinner in need of a savior and you gotta believe that Jesus is, is the son of God and you need to confess him.
Has Lord of your life. And once you do that, the Holy Spirit will come down. It will guide you. It will be in within you. You’ll be officially had the lion within at that point where you can start unleashing and go out there and sharing gospel. You can be bold, you can be courageous, cuz you’ll know that you’re on the victorious side.
You’re on the winning team. So at that point, guys, lean in. So there you go. That’s all you gotta do. And if you just right now, Listen to this spiritual kickoff, had realization, You know what, I’ve never actually surrendered to Jesus. Do it right now. It’s a simple prayer. Again, Lord, I’m, I know I messed up.
I’m a sinner and my heart, but I do believe you’re a son of God and I confess you as my Lord and Sager. And once you’ve done that, you’re in. You’re in brother. Now it’s time to get to work. If you just did that too, I want you to email us, support the lion within us. Why? First of all, I wanna celebrate with you.
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Okay? To understand it. Then we got to apply it and actually start doing it. So there you go. Okay, Matthew 28, 18 through 20. Go highlight that in your Bible. Circle it, underline it. Whatever you need to do, put it on on a note card. Get this one down in your hearts, and let’s go start acting and, and actually lean in and make this stuff a reality.
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