05/20/12 The Mandate!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Under: Sermon

Text: Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem
, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (KJV)

Intro: The Mandate is a charge! We are to Go. You have been called to be an ambassador for Christ. You are given the highest of titles: you are an "ambassador for Christ." The "ambassador" is a person who is sent forth as an official messenger to represent the Sender and to announce the message of the Sender. Four things are always true about the ambassador. You belong to the One who sent you out. You are commissioned to be sent out. You exist only for the purpose for which you were sent. You possess all the authority and power of the One who sent you out. You are sent forth with the message of the Sender. The message is not your own. You belong to Jesus Christ; He is sending you out for the purpose of sharing who He is with the world! And He is the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. Application: This mandate is not to be taken lightly!

1. Jesus’ authority: vs. 18

He has been given all authority in heaven and on earth.

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

You are given the presence and power of God.

- The presence of God in your heart and body is power.
- It is the power to convert and transform you into a new creature.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" 2 Corinthians 5:17

- It is the power to convert and transform you into a new person.
- It is the power to deliver you from all temptations and trials.

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)

- It is the power to put His divine nature into you.
- It is the power to give you life, both abundant and eternal life."

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" John 10:10 (KJV)

2. Jesus’ assignment: vs. 19–20a

They are to reach and teach all nations.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”

This is the great commission of Jesus Christ to His followers. This is one of the most important verses in all the Bible, for it tells you as a minister of the gospel exactly what your purpose and task are: you are to go and make disciples of all nations. The word "teach" in some translations is the Greek word make disciples. What does it mean to make disciples? It means to do exactly what Christ did. When Christ found a person who was willing to commit his life to God—totally commit his life—Christ attached Himself to that person. Christ began to mold and make that person into His image. The word attach is the key word. It is probably the word that best describes discipleship. Christ made disciples of men by attaching Himself to them, and through that personal attachment, they were able to observe His life and conversation. In seeing and hearing Him, they began to absorb and assimilate His very character and behavior. They began to follow Him and to serve Him more closely. In simple terms this is what our Lord did. This is the way He made disciples. This was His mission and His method, His obsession: to attach Himself to willing believers.

“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)

3. Jesus’ assurance: vs. 20b

He will always be with them!

“and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen!

You are to be a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came to earth that you might have life, both abundant and eternal life. He came to save you from the enslavement of sin, death, and judgment to come. You have been called by Christ to be a witness of His salvation.

FIRST, you are to be an unashamed witness.
SECOND, you are to be a strong, bold witness.
THIRD, you are to be Christ's witness.
FOURTH, you are to be a worldwide witness.
FIFTH, you are to be an obedient witness.

How can you fulfill the purposes of God for your life and ministry? God has not left you alone; He has not left you with only human wisdom and strength to accomplish your task. God has provided great help—unbelievable resources—to equip you, You are given the grace and power of Christ. You are given the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8).

For this to work you must: believe in Christ, minister in Christ, trust in Christ, live in Christ, be called in Christ, move in Christ, serve in Christ and be in Christ!


THIS IS THE MANDATE!

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