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First lord


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First lord

  1. 1. (Jesus, The Ultimate Authority Figure) Matthew 28: 16-20
  2. 2. Matthew 28:16-20 (New Living Translation) Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. [17 ] When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them still doubted! [18] Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. [19] Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. [20] Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you…
  3. 4. ● How’s this for job description: “Go everywhere and make disciples!” ● With God it is not ‘the 10 Suggestions’ but 10 commandments. The great commission is just as much a matter of Orders From Headquarters. ● I know him as Friend and Brother…but let’s not forget he is first of all Lord. ● Jesus commanded waves to subside and diseases to flee… but he allows us to choose whether he will be our master.
  4. 7. <ul><li>Jesus was born of a virgin. </li></ul><ul><li>He lived a sinless life. </li></ul><ul><li>He offered himself as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. </li></ul><ul><li>He was raised to life. </li></ul><ul><li>Now he calls his disciples to take this message to the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Included in the preaching is a call to follow Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>The Great Commission has been given to the church as well! </li></ul>THE SETTING OF THIS POWERFUL MANDATE
  5. 8. <ul><li>Abraham was promised a descendant who would bless all ethnics. </li></ul><ul><li>“ And through you all of the world’s ethnics shall be blessed.” Genesis 12: 3 </li></ul>THIS WAS CLEARLY GOD’S PLAN FROM DAY ONE
  6. 9. <ul><li>“ I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the gentiles.” --Isaiah 42:6 and many others </li></ul>THE PROPHETS HAD DECLARED THAT THE DOORS WOULD ONE DAY BE THROWN OPEN TO GENTILES
  7. 10. <ul><li>This is what Peter declared on the Day of Pentecost: “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God made Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” --Acts 2:33 </li></ul><ul><li>Paul made this clear as we; “…there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” --I Corinthians 8:6 </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus made the pronouncement: “The one who comes from heaven is above all.” --John 13:13 </li></ul>JESUS IS LORD OF ALL …LORD OF THE WHOLE PLANET
  8. 11. Remembering how the blood of Christ opens heaven’s door to “whosoever will.”
  9. 12. I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I have chosen to follow Jesus as my Lord and trust Him as my Savior.
  10. 14. <ul><li>I am under orders “We are Christ’s ambassadors” </li></ul><ul><li>I have a job to do “Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.” --I Corinthians 9:16 </li></ul><ul><li>Faithfulness includes bearing witness of Jesus’ lordship. </li></ul>AS OUR LORD, JESUS MAKES HIS DESIRES MADE …CLEARLY AND EMPHATICALLY!
  11. 15. <ul><li>My relationship with Jesus results in a change in behavior…I am a person ‘under orders’. </li></ul><ul><li>I can love voluntarily, as a nice person, but where my niceness ends my stewardship begins. </li></ul>WHILE JESUS IS OUR FRIEND AND BROTHER , ALSO REMEMBER: OUR 1st LEVEL OF RELATIONSHIP IS ‘LORD AND SERVANT’
  12. 16. <ul><li>I can tell the Jesus Story because I want to, but where my ‘want to’ ends my duty picks up. </li></ul><ul><li>Love, ministry, compassion and character are results of being loved and forgiven. But even when my gut doesn’t want to do those things I have a calling…as a disciple of Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>It isn’t so much a question of being obedient to be saved …but rather a matter of being obedient to be considered faithful the Jesus’ lordship. </li></ul>
  13. 17. “ Why call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” --Luke 6:46 “ Let no one deceive you with empty words, because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.” --Ephesians 5:6 JESUS INSISTS ON OUR OBEDIENCE IF WE ARE TO BE CALLED HIS DISCIPLES
  15. 22. Returning to God out of our abundance. A gift of thanks.
  16. 23. PRAYER & PRAISE
  17. 24. ● I accept my job description: “Go everywhere and make disciples!” ● I will not forget that the ‘Great Commission’ is a matter of Orders From Headquarters. ● I know him as Friend and Brother …but I will always know Jesus as Commander-in-chief. ● Jesus commanded waves to subside and diseases to flee… but he allows me to choose whether he will be my master. I choose Jesus as my Lord.