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November 18, 2021 7:05 am
Today on Insight for living. You are involved in making disciples don't limit your involvement to the familiar world plan to be going on to people who have a culture that's different from yours speak a language unfamiliar to you because I want you to go into all the rest of us to resist discomfort for things that are familiar gravitate towards situations that are nonthreatening, but when it comes to fulfilling the great commission of Jesus, sometimes were called to step outside our comfort zone today on Insight for living trucks went all his teaching from the final chapter in Matthew's gospel chapter 28 and is here in this passage that we receive the parting mandate from Jesus to go and make disciples ready for a new adventure one that stretches you titled today's message what now we begin with prayer. There is a bold assurance comes at the end of this great book reminds us dear father, we will never be abandoned. We are never on our own.
Though we may live alone. We are not alone though we may feel isolated. We are not isolated. You were with us always. You stay with us you minister to us.
You touch our lives in ways that no one else can reach and you alone are able to transform us from what we are naturally to what you want us to be supernaturally thank you for preserving the writings of Matthew for giving us such profound information from a man who early in his life never gave a second thought to Jesus, thank you for transforming his life through his transform life for inspiring his pin to write living truth that would last a lifetime. Open our hearts to realize the Lord that this commission has no ending, but continues throughout our lives on this earth motivate us prompt obedience from us, reprove us for indifference toward it and then empowering us with the passion to carry it out.
Use our gifts today for the purpose of sending this message that we love and teach and obey to places far beyond these walls in the lives we've never met, and perhaps never will enter places will never go give wings to your word that these truths may fly free far, we commit this prayer to you and are offering in the name of Jesus, our Savior, our master will everyone's payment to study the book of Matthew with Chuck Swindoll. Be sure to download his searching the Scriptures by going to Insight world.org/studies Chuck titled his message. What now Jesus set in motion before he ascended back into heaven is the only plan that will work. The only one he will honor and bless because it is the inspired plan. That's why it is called the great commission the great commission. That's why it's great when obeying. It works to fully appreciate it.
Again, we returned to the scene word was first given. Matthew 28 beginning at verse 16, we come to the actual setting right there in in the land of Israel in the region of Galilee where Jesus and the disciples had the rendezvous. He is of a glorified resurrected state and is able to speak to them. He is already eaten a meal with them by the seashore and now they are listening to him as he gives them instruction, but we observe. The first thing they do when they see him as they worship just as you and I will do when we first lay eyes on Jesus, but Matthew adds this comment because he was there with some of them.there are so many unanswered questions in their minds. So Jesus speaks, I'm confident that much of what he said call their questions and doubts, and several their hearts. Jesus knows this and realizing this decides to tell them what will be their marching orders from here on, and by the way following verse 20. Would you look in your Bible.
It's blank is a blank space. This is it. This is the plan. This is the great commission.
I want to point out for things I observed about it.
I think it will help make it even clearer that you may already think you know it. So with your pen handy. Let me observed with you these four things each begins with the name of Jesus first. We read in verse 18 Jesus came and told his disciples stop right there. Here's what I want you to write down and remember, Jesus spoke to very ordinary people who knew him personally. We have seen the work on campus or we've read in books, words that describe the disciples in ways that make them appear as though they are some kind of super spiritual human being. They were not. They were ordinary people. When I was a little boy.
It was during World War II. We went to a church named St. Andrews Methodist Church of as you would imagine the inside.
The church was a statue of St. Andrew St. Andrew so when you walked in your little boy, six, seven years old first thing you see is this course is a there's a halo and and and is white and and he's got this robe and spotless and he is a sandals nice like while Andrew, my dad would say there are no saints, and I would go up once he gets assistance that you seek, but what were taught that there that there's something else that there going to make Israel clear in case you, you're missing the people you talk to folks just like us.
They had no miracle kits that they can reach him to get the tool to do a miracle that no halos. I wish artists would get rid of halos, but they never will and makes them look holy. They had no uniform didn't go to the best school did you go to any school they go to seminary. None of them did not tell the Holy Spirit came on them.
Did they have any power you will know what they look like I'm in a pause for five seconds and give you an example, look around some of your neighbor doing that. Look around. Okay there. The disciples in your thinking they look like that they are that's what they look like just folks just been in this case all been just guys he spoke to them. I know where I'm going with this, and I have a reason for pausing at this which may seem ludicrous to some of you that want to hurry on. Stop thinking of anyone named in the Scriptures as a halo wearing saintly looking individual. They want we want to read the doubted their sinful they were guilty of coming to wrong conclusions. They were fearful they that they weren't sure what to do next. They did nothing in their system that made them below or standout it when you were around them you would even know they were disciples, having a badge little flags.
None of that member that just were men is what it says.
He told his disciples, never ready for the second.
Jesus presented his plan, which was brief, simple and clear.
He proceeded a plan that was brief, simple and clear. He spoke calmly and deliberately. No theological jargon, no mumbo-jumbo, no secret code language didn't require an explanation. He doesn't explain the words he just gives them because they are all self-explanatory and look for yourself.
I've been given all authority in heaven and on earth.
Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit, teach these new disciples to obey all the commands with a one minute drift up right there. He had authority over everything on earth and in heaven they didn't. He does we don't heed us to make that clear. So he has the right to level a command. He certainly outranks us is the second member of the Trinity has the right to declare a statement that requires obedience is.
This is not a suggestion.
This is a command. This would be their marching orders from now on. Now let me have you noticed something very important. The main verb yet. The main verb is make disciples looking at the commission. You would think the main verb would be go, but it isn't.
You might even think the main verb would be teach. It isn't so long to render it correctly or render it in a way that that underscores the main verb therefore make disciples of all the nations going baptizing in teaching the three other words surround the main word make disciples. It will take going. It will certainly involve baptizing those who believe and it will definitely include teaching, but the main commission is the making of disciples. When you are involved in making disciples men don't limit your involvement to the familiar your own world plan to be going beyond the familiar to people who have a culture that's different from yours who speak a language unfamiliar to you because I want you to go into all the LL all the nations, but let me have you noticed the repeated use of all look at it all authority.
Verse 18, all nations verse 19 all the commands. Verse 20 I will be with you always.
From now on wherever you go to whatever nation there are no limitations. There are no reservations.
There is no area marked off because it is dirty or dangerous or because of the people are sophisticated or perhaps live in a lower standard than you.
Perhaps they are people that are illiterate or there are those who are highly educated, all the nations only give you the third statement that I observed here Jesus was intense about the mission, but flexible regarding the method he was intense about the mission, but flexible regarding the method the words all revealed intensity all all all this church has on its part and global outreach ministry we reach as we'll see in our next Sunday or two we reach where we are. We reach the community where we are located. We reach beyond our community we reach beyond that and then beyond the seas to other places.
The method that we may use is very different from one place to another. Because Jesus doesn't spell out how to make disciples.
He simply says make RR a rather like that.
I like the flexibility in we are free to go there you will certainly free to do that home study group it one way person-to-person in another evangelistic outreach in one way Bible studies in another and on and on like a goat insight for living ministries has as a part of our marching orders. What we called vision 195.
It comes from the fact that our State Department has revealed that there are 195 nations around the world. Summer islands of several large large Venetian summer small nations, summer, thereby many of them are way beyond the seas from where we live.
But there hundred and 95 of them are vision is to go to all of them ultimately now having said that, we must keep in mind that there are different cultures at every one of those nation you don't does speak to people who are from Australia as you would speak to people who are from America. Australians have a culture that is unique to them, they speak English, but they have a culture that unique you don't go to a country in Africa and communicate to them or expect from them. The kind of things you would as you as if you were going to minister in New Zealand or Japan or Indonesia, so there's a flexibility that must be built into the method. Let me give you some examples and I've written them in a number of areas so you'll remember them. It'll hit one spot or two that you will be familiar with your method may be large arenas or maybe small groups. Your method of reaching out maybe two sophisticated intellectuals there reached one way or it may be the biggest students on the campus. Another way your target maybe athletes your reach athletes a certain way, not like your reach artists in studio doing their unique work workers on construction sites, laborers are reached. One way entertainers are reached another in the film industry or the television industry, millennial's, who live in the urban sprawl are reached. One way teenagers who live in the country.
Smaller villages are reached another then there were entrepreneurs there are people in the military. There are professionals and politicians.
There are prisoners living behind bars. There are islanders there were New Yorkers there are people from the metropolises around the country, Chicago, Miami, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, you committeeman. That's just here in America but raising them and some followers not like reaching them in New York or raising them in Tokyo is not like reaching them in the heart of China. The point here is your to reach all the nations, keeping in mind that there are cultural uniqueness is that need to be honored observed cooperated with that is why so often before an individual can really minister in a nation you must learn the language of that nation because the language is the green light to the lives of people who live there.
You don't know the language you are as if you were living back in the United States, trying to reach them in their country so you got the point. Flexible regarding method. Here's the four Jesus expected OPV and action from all of his father's hello I know that verse 20 teach these new disciples to obey all the commands given us this final command from Jesus compels us to take his message around the world. Chuck Swindoll has much more he wants to share with us. Please keep listening. When will dig deeper into Matthew chapter 28 you're listening to insight for living. To learn more about this ministry. Please visit us email@example.com now next time will hear Chuck Swindoll's final message in this brand-new teaching series founded on the first book in the New Testament, the book of Matthew is called the King of Kings. When we plan to share this comprehensive series with you, it was evident that teaching about the great commission of Jesus, would be one of the highlights of this series and this made us very pleased because it represents the crescendo of Jesus ministry is mandate to go and make disciples of all the nations we can think of no better way to conclude our time together than by celebrating this master plan from Jesus gives us purpose, focus plan for the future. In the spirit we invite you to participate in giving generously to the ministry of insight for living, knowing that your gift is channeled directly into telling more people all around the world. The good news of Jesus in this way, when you give your actually participating in God's plan to reach the world for him. So as God moves you to join us in touching lives. We invite you to give generously today.
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